INDONESIA: Police In Most Populous Province Form Anti-LGBT Task Force As Crackdown Continues

Reuters reports:

Police in Indonesia’s most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority country.

West Java police chief Anton Charliyan disclosed the plan on Tuesday as two gay men in the province of Aceh were publicly flogged, and days after police raided a gay club in Jakarta and distributed photos of suspects to the media.

Responding to Sunday’s Jakarta raid, Charliyan told reporters in Bandung, the capital of West Java, a province with a population of about 47 million, that LGBT people suffered a “disease of the body and soul”.

He called on the public to report their activities. “I hope there are no followers in West Java, no gay or LGBT lifestyle or tradition, Charliyan said. “If there’s anyone following it, they will face the law and heavy social sanctions. They will not be accepted in society.”

Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia except in Aceh province, which is under Sharia law. West Java province has a population of 48 million.

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    Another day, another purge. It’s becoming too familiar.

    • Ron Robertson

      Let the christo-fascists see this next time they whine about being “persecuted”. They don’t know what persecution even is.

      • goofy_joe

        And in those situations where they are being persecuted, they should have a little more empathy for those also suffering persecution. You know, like Jesus!

  • Ugh. I’d say unbelievable except it’s all too believable.

  • religion: ruining everything since the beginning of time.

  • crewman

    LGBT people suffered a “disease of the body and soul”.

    In reality, religion is the disease of the body and soul. It poisons people and leads them to horrific actions and worldviews.

    • Goodboy

      Gives great cover for corrupt leaders as well. It’s the smoke to the fire.

  • Tawreos

    The LGBT lifestyle is not to be followed, but to be lived. Fucking take your heads out of your fucking asses and get the fuck over it

  • Strepsi

    1) Reuters: “crackdown”? Implying there’s something unsavory to crack down on? How about pogrom?

    2) For all that it’s a right-wing bugaboo in the U.S., Sharia law is real and it’s awful.

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  • netxtown

    and to think there are adults out there that strive to indoctrinate little kids into these thoughts of hate…

  • Michael

    It’s just going to get worse. Soon to be in America.

  • JT

    Drumpf has enabled haters worldwide.

    • j.martindale

      I agree. The defense of human rights under the Obama administration, voiced strongly by Hillary Clinton in the U.N., may have helped to curb this crap. But the shitgibbon doesn’t care. Human rights don’t impact his vanity or his money.

  • Blackfork

    So in Indonesia when you have disease of the body or soul you are caned, imprisoned? Barbarian liars.

  • Stogiebear

    Bunch of savages.

  • Silver Badger

    Coming to a red state near you!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Notice that they call it a disease but they don’t cane people for having cancer or depression.

    • jmax

      And probably hang people with serious mental illness for being “witches”.

    • Schlukitz

      Insanity is often inconsistent.

      • Goodboy

        Religious people can display one or both.

    • prixator

      Apparently, it is a disease one can choose to have, so that makes it bad!

  • Hue-Man

    The “Sharia Law” tag is incorrect. Aceh province is the only part of Indonesia where Sharia is applied in full. Jakarta police were enforcing secular law in much the same way that police from Western nations have done in the past and may well do in the future!

    Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia but the police were using “loosely defined” pornography laws, Gunawan [from the Community Legal Aid Institute] said.

    “That’s why we have been rejecting the pornography law since it was enacted in 2009,” he said.

  • Mike

    Let’s have no more pointing to Indonesia as proof that a Muslim majority does not necessarily mean brutal theocracy. Conservative religions are the scourge of humanity. Give them an inch and they’ll torture and kill you.

  • billbear1961

    Well, can anything be DONE about this?

    The Trump regime obviously doesn’t CARE.

    And the rest of the world–the civilized parts??

    • Shy Guy

      Sadly very little. I suspect it’ll be like Duterte’s extra-judicial killings in the Philippines. Lots of hand-wringing, and tersely worded disapproval, and not much else.

      Someone has filed a case against him at the ICC.

      I doubt we’ll even get that in Indonesia, since discrimination and repression against our community is sadly nothing out of the ordinary.

    • Westcoast88

      Shut down all tourism to Indonesia, not just by LGBTQ travelers. Yes, that includes Bali.

    • Mike

      Suggesting the only thing that will ever change the barbarism and terrorism, a radical reform of Islam, gets people smeared as anti-Muslim extremists by the Southern Poverty Law Center. No truth allowed, or else someone’s fee-fees might get hurt. Don’t expect anything to get better soon.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I hate to say this, but my tolerance for Islam is gone. I’ve tried to see the “good” side of it, I’ve tried to be understanding and patient; but I’m done. Individual Muslims may be nice enough, but their faith, their laws and their barbarism can no longer simply be ignored; nor can calling it out be brushed off as mere Islamophobia; just as calling out Israel does not make one anti-semitic. Cue the LGBT apologists and the Not All Muslims cry. Nowhere am I saying All Muslims, but I am calling out their religion, just as I call out Judaism and Christianity.

    • Silver Badger

      Your post mirrored my thoughts. I am as liberal as they come, but defending any group that attacks us is foolish.

    • JD

      Then best call out fundamentalism, which is a thing with application beyond any specific religion. If LGBT is legal throughout a muslim majority country and illigal in one muslim majority province, there logic suggests it is not the religion, but a specific interpretation, to wit, a fundamentalist interpretation…sort of like the difference between the Westborough nutcases and the Metropolitan United.

      • Goodboy

        The majority of them believe in Sharia as was polled by the Pew Research study. They’re insane.

      • Friday

        Well, the problem often involves a lot of the ‘moderate’ Abrahamic moderates thinking that the Fundamentalists are ‘just overzealous’ and tending to go with the flow too much if Fundamentalists get power. Then the Fundies make things worse and target the resulting resentment and anger on whatever scapegoats or ‘enemies’ are handy. These religions as a whole really need to do something about the ‘fundamentals’ if they want to get away from all this Dark Side of the Force shit. That stuff’s always there in those books of those for when someone’s having a bad day or needs someone to take something out on.

    • Steve Teeter

      I’ve been worried about Islam since high school, when I realized they were serious about world domination and that this was a problem.

      Look at it this way. Jesus did not tell his followers to go forth and conquer the world, but they did their best anyway, for over a thousand years. Mohammed did tell his followers that, and some of them are still at it. He even wrote it into the Koran, and gave them God’s promise that in the end they would be victorious. Even the “nice” muslims believe in Islam’s ultimate triumph, even if they themselves do not take up the fight.

      These are the facts, and they add up to something terribly dangerous.

  • boatboy_srq

    Wonder if they will be as gung-ho about this when tourism to Bali drops 30%.

    • FancyThat

      Just cancelled fall Bali stay with an LGBT-led group and expect the entire planned trip will fold. The group helps build schools and freshwater resources for impoverished communities. Losing it because of fundamentalist extremism… insanity!

      • pch1013

        Bali is a Hindu island – there are no anti-gay pogroms taking place there (as far as I know).

        But to the extent that your tourist dollars enrich the Indonesian government generally, it does make sense to avoid the entire country, IMHO.

        • Friday

          I suppose a boycott of that place in particular might be a little counterproductive then. If they do better there, they and other provinces are less likely to want to become like Aceh, I’d think.

  • Schlukitz

    Considering the extreme poverty and hunger that Indonesia faces, one would think that this would be their most pressing problem to deal with instead of a purge on LGBT people in that country.

    Indonesia has money to heavily arm and train a special Anti-LGBT Task Force but no available money to fed their starving poor.

    I am surprised that this Task Force did not avail itself of a few rocket launchers and a tank of two. Everyone knows how violent and ruthless those gays are, ya know? *snark*

    • Silver Badger

      Who knew that Muslims were actually stealth Republicans!

      • M Jackson

        These are the good Muslims. They are de facto fundamentalist christians.

      • Misutaa Roboto

        Not a shocker, really. They have quite a lot in common.

  • canoebum

    Indonesia has a long, bloody and brutal history of repression, exploitation and extra-judicial killings. This is no surprise. Any gay person with the means should leave the country. For those without the means, sadly troubled times are upon them. The 21st century is shaping up to be not much better than the 18th century in many places around the world. (Environmentally, Indonesia is one of the world’s worst offenders. Huge tracts of rain forest, with its biodiversity, continues to be destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. Think of that the next time you’re in the grocery store.)

    • Nychta

      Thanks for the reminder about palm oil. I avoid products that contain it.

      • Goodboy

        Palm oil is bad for you anyways.

        • Steverino

          Oh, but a palm with liberally-applied baby oil on it can be very good for you…

      • Friday

        Always seems to give me a headache for some reason.

  • Vice did a great story on how and why this is happening a few weeks ago. There is a big tie in the the adoption of Shari Law and how it has impacted not only the LGBT community but the entire region.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Two other possible reasons for the “crackdown” come to mind:
      1. Police chief Charliyan wants to divert attention from his force’s ineffectiveness in other areas of police work.
      2. Charliyan and his force are looking to supplement their salaries with shakedown money from the LGBT community.
      This is just speculation, of course. However, these factors were behind similar crackdowns right here in the USofA not too long ago.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Hi, ddny.
      Do you have a link to the Vice story? Thanks.

  • Hank

    The “Gay Pogroms” have begun in Indonesia!!!

  • The_Wretched

    Don’t they have a bit of a terrorism problem they should be working on instead?

  • Ninja0980

    Memo to the bigots in the U.S.
    Vile stuff like this doesn’t give you a pass for what you’re doing to us here so fuck off.

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  • TrollopeReader

    I didn’t really want to visit Bali anyway …..

  • JCF

    Stand by for Trump’s emphatic, w/ real consequences condemnation. /s

  • Ogre Magi

    I hate muslims