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Jakarta Post

Bali to deport Syrian national for unlawful yoga gathering

  • Rizki Fachriansyah


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 26 2020   /  01:00 am
Participants wearing protective face masks against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, perform yoga during World Yoga Day in New Delhi, India, June 21, 2020. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

The Denpasar Immigration Office in Bali is set to deport a Syrian national for holding a mass yoga gathering in Ubud amid public health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Syrian citizen, identified as Barakeh Wissam, was reportedly responsible for organizing an event at the House of Om Community Center on June 18 that was attended by more than 60 people, mostly foreigners. According to the immigration office, Wissam violated a 2020 Health Ministry regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as well as a 2020 Bali gubernatorial decree on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation. The latter stipulates that public events must be limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Wissam, the founder of House of Om, is in Indonesia under a temporary stay permit (KITAS) valid until Nov. 11, 2021. The immigration office has revoked his KITAS and he is currently being held at the Denpasa...