The arrests were likely part of a growing trend of intolerance toward the queer community in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Gays are brutalized and scorned in Indonesia for having “disease of the body and soul.” This is a country that was once deemed “moderate,” but is now enforcing strict Sharia adherence, and Sharia calls for the death of gays.
“Two gay men were publicly caned this week as crowds shouted to ‘hit them harder’….The couple, in their 20s, were sentenced to 85 lashes each by a Sharia court in Aceh province after being filmed by local vigilantes.”
“Indonesian police arrest more than 140 men at alleged gay sauna party”, by Kate Lamb, The Guardian, May 22, 2017:
Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations.
Authorities raided what they said was a sex party promoted as ‘The Wild One,’ held at a sauna and gym venue in Jakarta’s north on Sunday evening.
Police spokesperson Agus Yuwono confirmed that 141 men, including the owner and several performers, had been detained…