Indonesia Mayor Targets Gay People ‘because they’re possessed by demons’

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1/29/2019

A mayor in Indonesia has ordered the arrest of LGBT+ people so religious authorities can conduct exorcisms on them. Mayor of Padang Mahyeldi Ansharullah has used the Indonesian Army (TNI) to target and detain queer people, whose existence he said was down to “the influence of jinn, devils,” according to Indonesian news site Tirto. The mayor, whose region in West Sumatra is home to more than a million people, added that “we are ruqyah (using exorcisms) to prepare them to leave [the bodies].”

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