6 FPI members ‘enough’ to disperse Lady Gaga’s ‘60,000 fans’
Anti-Gaga: Protesters hold banners saying “Dear God, please protect us from the cursed Gaga” during a protest against the singer, who is coming to Jakarta in June, at HI traffic circle recently.(Tempo/Amston Probel)The hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) says it will send six members to shoo away fans flocking Lady Gaga’s concert if the US singer-songwriter goes ahead with plans for the concert.
“Muslims are ready to close down [the concert]. She has 60,000 people in the audience, while six will be enough for the FPI. They will disperse,” FPI Jakarta branch chief Salim Assegaf said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
The FPI has taken a stand against what it defines as “skin-revealing” artists coming into the country, including Lady Gaga.
Salim advised his members not to come to the concert because doing so would be counterproductive.
"She's bringing the faith of Satan to our country, as opposed to progress. She will destroy the nation’s morals," he said.
He said he would also deploy FPI members to intercept the singer upon her arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in the suburb of Cengkareng, west of Jakarta.
"You can be sure about that. We will be dispatching local FPI members especially from nearby units, such as the FPI Tangerang and the FPI Banten," Salim said.
The singer is scheduled to perform in Jakarta as part of her “Born This Way World Tour” on June 3 at Gelora Bung Karno’s main stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta. (png/mtq)