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Jakarta Post

Is this the beginning of the end for our civil liberties?

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 30 2012   /  07:17 am

Go Gaga: In this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo, Lady Gaga performs at the MTV European Music Awards 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lady Gaga has canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia over security concerns after Muslim hard-liners threatened violence if the pop diva went ahead with her "Born This Way Ball," promoters said Sunday. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)Indonesia may have lost a lot more than the opportunity to see Lady Gaga when she canceled her June 3 concert in Jakarta last weekend. The episode could mark the beginning of the end for Indonesia’s civil liberties as radical groups continue unabated in their assault on the nation’s freedoms.

Those who care about their freedom should speak up and fight to defend it rather than busily trying to distance themselves from Lady Gaga and whatever it is they believe she represents through her songs and stage appearances.