Malaysian Authorities Raid LGBT Halloween Party

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10/30/2022

Malaysia’s Islamic religious officers broke up a large Halloween party attended by the LGBT community and arrested 20 people for cross-dressing and allegedly encouraging vice, activists said Sunday. Activist Numan Afifi who was among those arrested at the event in Kuala Lumpur late Saturday described the raid as “traumatizing and harrowing.” “About 40 religious officers backed by the police came into the venue with some 1,000 participants, and they stopped the music and dance,” he told AFP. Numan said authorities divided partygoers into two groups — Muslims and followers of other faiths. Subsequently, 20 Muslims were taken to the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department where “our identity details were recorded.” “Some were alleged to have committed offences under cross-dressing while others, including me, for encouraging vice,” Numan said.

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