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Indonesia city wants to fine LGBTI people for ‘disturbing public order’

Indonesia city wants to fine LGBTI people for ‘disturbing public order’

a woman is wearing a white hijab and is kneeling on the ground. a person whose identity is covered is caning her

An Indonesia city is planning on fining LGBTI people for ‘disturbing public order’.

Any person could fined 1 million rupiah ($70) on the spot for any ‘acts that are considered LGBT’.

Pariaman, on Sumatra island, passed a sweeping law targeting the LGBTI community this week.

Indonesia city wants to fine LGBTI people

The regulation bans ‘immoral acts’ between same-sex couples. The law also prohibits residents from ‘acting as a transvestite’.

Perhaps most damaging of all, the law is also so vague and offers few examples that it will likely be easily abused.

‘Same-sex LGBT and transgender people will be subject to sanctions and fines if they disturb the public order,’ said Fitri Nora, head of the local legislature, according to AFP.

Pariaman’s deputy mayor, Mardison Mahyudin, also said the new rules were born out of ‘anxiety’ about Indonesia’s LGBTI community.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia. However, in Aceh province, people can be hanged for just being LGBTI.

Increasing hostility

It comes amid increasing hostility against LGBTI people in Indonesia.

Dozens of men attacked two transgender women in Bekasi, West Java in November.

The men chased the two waria, an Indonesian trans female identity, stripped their clothes and attacked them with a metal rod.

Some of the 50-strong gang were reportedly as young as 14. They also pulled off one of the victim’s wig and cut the other’s hair.

In also that same month, the mayor of Pedang led thousands on an anti-LGBTI march.

Trans woman hosed down by police 

people crouched on muddy ground outside while bright lights from a truck shine onto them
The suspected trans women were hosed down in public with a fire hose | Photo: Twitter/Andreas Harsono

And, again in November, three trans women were hosed down by police in Lampung.

Police conducted a beach raid and forced three women to undergo a ‘mandatory bath’.

The officers also claimed they conducted the raid to ‘provide safety and maintain public order’.

Anti-LGBTI rhetoric from leaders, local legislation, and attacks on the community have all increased in the run up to elections next year.

‘This seems to be a result of the homo- and transphobic wave currently spreading in Indonesia’ LGBTI activist Dede Oestomo told Gay Star News.

‘One silver lining in the cloud is that the speed with which advocacy has occurred this time’ Oetomo said.

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