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Jakarta Post

Youth get political after Gaga furor

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 30 2012   /  09:40 am

Sixteen-year-old Tamara Ramli says that she has heard news about local politics, but it was the hullabaloo over Lady Gaga that sparked her opinion. “The brouhaha gives you an idea about how our law enforcers give in to the demands of certain groups,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Tamara, an 11th grader at the Mahatma Gading School in North Jakarta, is among tens of thousands of fans of the American singer, dubbed “Little Monsters”, who were unable to watch their idol perform after the organizer, Big Daddy Entertainment, announced that her Jakarta gig was canceled amid strong reactions from several Islamic groups.

The Jakarta Police initially declined to issue a recommendation for the concert permit for Gaga’s concert, making her the first foreign performer to be rejected by the country’s law enforcers.

“The police did nothing” in the face of...