Despite the fact that homosexual sex is legal between consenting adults in Indonesia the radical group The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) raided a private gathering in an apartment complex in South Jakarta on Saturday and forced 13 arrests, at what they believed to be a ‘gay sex party.’
A 50-strong FPI mob shouting “Allahu Akbar” swarmed the Kalibata City apartment complex and forced local police to detain the men, whom they found shirtless and ‘playing games’ The Jakarta Post reports.
The FPI were tipped off about the event via a circulated invitation and seized upon it as a chance to punish what they deem to be immoral behaviour.
FPI members boasted about the arrests on Twitter, including a photo of the detained men alongside claims they had ‘successfully broken up’ the gay sex party.
With little to no retribution from the Indonesian government or police, the hardline group has gradually become more vocal and dangerous towards minority groups such as Hindus, smaller Islamic sects and the LGBT community.
In recent years members have committed violent attacks on the Ahmadiyah community, smashed up ‘sinful’ bars for selling alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan and held protests that forced Lady Gaga to cancel the Jakarta leg of her tour amid safety fears.
Indonesia’s Association of Psychiatrists this year claimed being LGBT was a mental disorder and gay emojis were banned from popular messaging apps such as Whatsapp in February.
Source: Pink News