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Jakarta Post

Muslim groups slam Anies for allowing 'immoral' DWP to go on

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 13, 2019   /  06:28 pm
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan gives a speech at the so-called 212 reunion rally held at the National Monument (Monas) square in Central Jakarta on Dec. 2.(JP/Donny Fernando)

While the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) has been lauded as an international electronic music festival that has benefitted Jakarta tourism, not everyone is a fan of the annual event. Members of several conservative Islamic groups have protested against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and the “immoral” festival, which they claim goes against Muslim values. About 30 people grouped under the Islamic Youth Movement (GPI) gathered in front of City Hall in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to protest Anies’ decision to allow the event to take place. The group describes the DWP as Asia's largest immoral gathering, which encourages casual sex, as well as the consumption of drugs and alcohol. In his speech, GPI head Irwan AHN expressed his disappointment with Anies for not having the courage to end the event. “Our beloved governor supports immoral acts. He al...