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Jakarta Post

FPI disrupts gay film festival

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 29 2010   /  10:04 am

Members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) staged rallies at foreign cultural centers on Tuesday, demanding the termination of the 9th Q! Film Festival, which showcased LGBT artwork.

The group demanded the cultural centers close down the festival within 24 hours.In a rally in front of the Goethe Institute German cultural center in Menteng, Central Jakarta, at around 11:45 a.m., a protestor from the FPI said the group would burn down the venue if it continued to showcase movies about gay and lesbians.Dressed in traditional white Muslim attire and waving posters showing screenshots of the  movies featured in the festival, the protesters verbally abused homosexuality.FPI Jakarta deputy chairman Fachry Idrus Jamalullail said the group would reject any events related to lesbian or gay issues because “it is against the principles of Islam”, and claimed their actions represented...