Angry Islamists Smash Into Alleged Gay Sex Party

Around 50 furious members of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) kicked in the door to an LGBT event in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, this weekend, suspecting a gay sex party was taking place, according to NBC News.

Instead of arresting the FPI members for breaking into a private event, police detained 13 people from the LGBT event for questioning. They later released them saying they had done nothing wrong, according to South Jakarta police chief Iwan Setiawan. 

Gay rights campaigners condemned the government for not acting against FPI. “For a government agency to allow such thing to happen, it is terrifying,” Hartoyo, director of the gay rights organization Our Voice, told media. “It is a warning for this nation.”

Being gay is not illegal in Indonesia.

The FPI demonstrates regularly against actions they perceive as immoral and violating Islamic codes. It was one of the groups behind the mass demonstrations against Ahok, the Christian governor of Jakarta, who was accused of blasphemy, and led calls for his dismissal and death.

Islamists successfully lobbied for sharia to be implemented as state law in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

As such, public canings of five people were carried out in front of a mosque on Monday. The men and women caned were deemed to have breached gender separation codes, reported the AFP.

One 34-year-old woman was flogged seven times with a rattan cane for standing too close to a man. She screamed, “It hurts so bad” as she was caned. The man was also caned seven times.

Two 19-year-old university students were given 100 strokes of the cane each after admitting to having sex outside of marriage. Another man was given 22 strokes for the same offense.

His partner is two months pregnant and officials have not yet decided her punishment. Normally authorities wait until after the birth and then carry out the flogging.