Islamic hardliners force closure of LGBT conference in Indonesia.
March 29, 2010 1:36 AM Subscribe
LGBT conference forcibly shut down by hardline Islamists.
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Last Friday, in Surabaya, Indonesia, a mob of 150 occupied the hotel where an ILGA-Asia conference
was taking place.According to the secretary-general
of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, Renato Sabbadini, “The mob invaded the lobby of the hotel and would not leave unless the police and the hotel management would guarantee that our conference would not go forward… Later that evening, mob members conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the hotel, going to the rooms of conference participants to make sure they had left.”
Ironically, the venue had been chosen "because of its atmosphere of tolerance
Earlier, the Surabaya police refused to grant a permit
for the conference, "citing fears of protests from religious groups".