141 men were arrested for having ‘gay sex party’ in Indonesia

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Mass arrests took place in Indonesian capital Jakarta last weekend and the men, according to the authorities, attended a so-called gay sex party. It marks the latest in a string of mass arrests in Indonesia, where gay people are still persecuted by authorities despite homosexuality being technically legal in the country (only one province which lives under the Shariah law still bans it. While homosexuality is not against any such laws in Jakarta, people have been arrested and punished under the broadly-written pornography legislation. “There were gay people who were caught strip-teasing and masturbating in the scene,” Jakarta police spokesman Raden Argo Yuwono told BBC Indonesian. One Briton and one person from Singapore were said to be among the attendees at Sunday’s party. Entry to the event was 185,000 rupiahs (around £10). Eight men were arrested at a so-called “gay party” in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Subayara last month. Organisers there could face up to 15 years in prison.

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