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Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT+ Moral Panic Hits Indonesia

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Expand Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia on February 2, 2018. © 2018 Antara Foto / Irwansyah Putra Over the weekend, 10 women accused of being lesbians were arrested in West Sumatra, after a police trawl of Facebook threw up pictures of two of them kissing and hugging. And last month, police in Bandung, the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, raided the private home of two men and arrested them for allegedly running a Facebook group for same-sex couples. Police confiscated mobile phones and condoms…

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