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People who can’t afford luxury hotels are still protesting Brunei’s new law

People who can’t afford luxury hotels are still protesting Brunei’s new law

How is your protest going of the Sultan of Brunei’s luxury hotels?

If you’re anything like 99% of the population, it’s likely you will have never stayed at one of them.

A suite at The Dorchester in London, for example, costs over £4,000 ($5,300) a night.

Celebrities like George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres have joined the boycott of the businesses owned by the Sultan.

Brunei’s new anti-gay law

The Sultan of Brunei - Hassanal Bolkiah
The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah (Photo: Proudbruneian, Wikimedia Commons)

Brunei has introduced a law that allows gay people to be killed by stoning.

The Muslim-majority kingdom of Brunei has faced widespread condemnation since Gay Star News broke the news last week that it was quietly rushing to implement the Sharia Penal Code. This includes stoning to death for those found guilty of sodomy. Lesbians face 100 whip lashes or 10 years in jail.

The sharia laws will implemented today also include death for adulterers and amputation for those found guilty of theft. Those found guilty of abortion also face flogging.

Other ways of protest

But what are people who can’t afford them doing to spread the word?

Some say you should boycott all countries that have anti-gay regimes.

‘Let’s be real, not many of us are staying at Brunei-owned hotels,’ one viral Twitter thread said.

‘So how can we make a difference?

‘Take a stand and stop holidaying in all countries where gay sex is illegal.’

Others are also taking a stand by choosing to not patron the hotels at all, even if it’s for a meal.

Governments must also act

Owen Jones, left-wing journalist, said it is the responsibility of governments to act.

‘Brunei is a member of the Commonwealth, so the Commonwealth should convene to take action against this member state,’ he said on Sky News.

‘We also sell arms to this country. I don’t think we should be selling arms to human rights abusing country.

‘And we should also have a wider discussion about, for example, our other allies, like Saudi Arabia, a vicious mass murdering dictatorship which we arm to the teeth and we back which beheads people for being gay.

He also said the government should not be deporting people to countries where their lives are at stake.

Others suggest continue going to protests, writing to your representatives, and demanding governments take action.

Hundreds of people are expected at the demonstration outside the world-famous Dorchester Hotel, in Mayfair, London, this Saturday. It will be hosted from 2pm to 4pm.

See also

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