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November 24, 2023

Muslim anti-LGBTQ groups protest Coldplay's first Indonesia gig

Hundreds of conservative Muslims protested outside Coldplay's first-ever gig in Indonesia on Wednesday, clashing with police and booing concertgoers over the band's support for the LGBTQ community.

Several Islamic groups had called for the British band's only concert in Muslim-majority Indonesia this year to be canceled over the rock group's views which they say clash with their conservative beliefs.

Outside the stadium ahead of the concert, at least 300 conservative Muslims gathered to chant and hold banners opposing the show, according to an AFP journalist.

Many of them were part of a group that calls itself the "anti-LGBT movement" and when confronted by police, protesters started to push and clash with officers.
Gay couples often face persecution and discrimination in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, where homosexuality remains taboo.
(Photos: AFP)

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