Anti-LGBT rhetoric at election rallies a sign of Indonesia's shift to the right

Thousands of anti-LGBT demonstrators march in Bogor, outside the capital Jakarta on Nov 9, 2018.
Thousands of anti-LGBT demonstrators march in Bogor, outside the capital Jakarta on Nov 9, 2018.

JAKARTA - Fresh from Friday prayers at the Great Mosque in Bogor, Ghozali, 51, was undeterred despite the rain. Citing data provided by the local chapter of the National Aids Commission, his hometown of Bogor, about 60 kilometers from Jakarta, was home to thousands of gay men and transgender women and he wanted them out.

September's tsunami that demolished the Central Sulawesi city of Palu, claiming more than 2100 lives was all the proof he needed that God was exacting revenge for country's tolerance of its LGBT citizens.

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