Aceh punk arrests prompt
protest in US

About 20 people staged a protest in front of the Indonesian Consulate General in San Francisco, the United States, on Monday in connection with the arrest of 65 youths during a punk rock concert in Aceh.

The consulate’s head of information, social and culture section, Tubagus Edwin Suchranudin, said that protesters conveyed their concerns over the arrests through undertaking a “peaceful” protest, which took place from 5 p.m. on Monday local time (8 a.m. on Tuesday Jakarta time) to 6:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. on Tuesday Jakarta time).

“We met them and accepted them. They said they were concerned over the arrests and offered their solidarity to their punk friends in Aceh, Indonesia,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday in a text message.

He said that there was likely no Indonesians among the protesters.

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