Mayor in Indonesia Leads Thousands in Anti-LGBTI March

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11/20/2018

The mayor of Padang, in West Sumatra, led thousands of city residents on an anti-LGBT march on Sunday (18 November). It is the latest state-sanctioned move to vilify the community in Indonesia. He organized the two-kilometer protest march to reject LGBT Indonesians and ‘declare a sin-free Padang’, according to local media. Thousands reportedly attended the march. LGBTI Indonesians are experiencing a wave of hatred ahead of elections next year. Padang Mayor Mahyeldi, a member of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party, told marchers he would increase police numbers to protect residents from LGBT people.

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