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Police shoot tear gas in Indonesia's "Dolly" sex district

Published on Jul 27, 2014 6:11 PM
 
Indonesian police arrest a protester (centre) during a raid by police and military personnel to shut down Surabaya's red light district, popularly known as "Dolly", on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festival on July 27, 2014. Indonesian police on Sunday fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters at the country's infamous "Dolly" red-light district, where workers are refusing to accept government orders to close shop. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian police on Sunday fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters at the country's infamous "Dolly" red-light district, where workers are refusing to accept government orders to close shop.

Around 300 protesters, mostly men who work as pimps or vendors in the area, tore out and set alight a sign erected by the Surabaya city that read: "This area is free from brothels and prostitution".

The closure of one of Southeast Asia's biggest prostitution dens was spearheaded by Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini, who announced last month that Dolly would be completely closed by the end of Ramadan, which fell on Sunday.

"We reject the instalment of this sign here. And after Ramadhan, we will operate as normal. We refuse to shut down," said head of Dolly's workers' forum Ari Saputro, who goes by the nickname "Pokemon".

 
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