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Is fear of demographic change driving bigotry?

  • Mario Rustan

Bandung | Wed, February 14 2018 | 01:27 am

PREMIUM Beware of the political year that is 2018, they said. On Jan. 27, police in North Aceh arrested transgender hairdressers and humiliated them before claiming that “queer people are more dangerous than terrorists.” The next Monday, subscribers of this newspaper woke up to the headline “Criminal Code bill threatens freedom”, which, for many, sounded terrifying.

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