Raid on alleged gay sex party not related to LGBT issues: Police

Raid on alleged gay sex party not related to LGBT issues: Police
Masked charade: North Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Dwiyono (third left) holds on Monday a shirt seized as evidence during a raid on a gym in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Police arrested 141 people in the raid on the gym, which was alleged to be a venue for homosexual activities.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

The National Police have said a raid conducted by the North Jakarta Police on an alleged gay sex party at a gym in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on Sunday, during which they arrested 141 men, has nothing to do with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) related issues.

The raid was conducted primarily on concerns about indecency, they said.

"Anyone exhibiting 'pornography actions' will be arrested," National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Rikwanto told journalists on Tuesday. "The fact that those arrested are gay males is a coincidence," he went on.

The arrests came in the spotlight after photographs of the arrested men, who were all naked, were leaked and went viral on social media on Monday.

Rikwanto further said the police were the investigating organizers of the event to see whether they had organised similar events in the past.

"Four organizers arranged the party. People came and paid money to participate in the event, during which the 'pornographic actions' happened," Rikwanto said.

The police earlier stated that the 141 men were arrested and charged under the 2008 Pornography Law, articles 4 (2) and 30, which stipulate punishment for parties guilty of providing "pornographic" services.

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