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Rally by right-wing nationalist group in Depok opposes LGBT and same-sex marriage

Warta Kota - February 7, 2018

Depok – The Depok city Indonesian Underground Social Movement (GMBI) has held a rally in front of the Depok Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) opposing the legalisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relations.

The action, which was held in the Grand Depok City area of Kalimulya in Cilodong, on Wednesday February 7, also rejected same-sex marriage in Indonesia.

During the rally, hundreds of people wearing black uniforms and GMBI emblems brought a command vehicle from which they made speeches in front of the Depok DPRD.

The chairperson of the Depok city district GMBI, Deri Ahyadi, said that the action was held to protest against plans by groups and communities to legalise same-sex marriage and LGBT people's rights.

Because of this therefore, the GMBI are calling on the Depok DPRD to convey their wishes to the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI).

"LGBT is very clearly a deviant behaviour. We from the GMBI community, in particular the Depok district explicitly reject plans to legalise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [relations] in the NKRI [Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia]", said Ahyadi in speech on Wednesday.

According to Ahyadi, LGBT behaviour is not in accordance with the natural values of religion. Aside from this it is also not in accordance with the Constitution which is based on a religious state.

"Hopefully the Depok city DPRD will pass on our wishes, the rejection of LGBT, to the DPR RI", he said.

Several GMBI members were eventually received by Depok DPRD speaker Hendrik Tangle Allo. Responding to the demands conveyed by the group, Allo expressed his support and pledged to convey the GMBI's wishes on to the DPR.

"We will pass on the hopes of our friends in the GMBI to the DPR RI", he said. He also asserted that a written statement by the GMBI rejecting LGBT will immediately be passed on to the DPR.

"We will pass this statement on to the DPR RI. I won't subtract or add to its contents. I will draft a covering letter to be passed on to the national parliament or DPR RI", he said Allo. (bum)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article was Tolak LGBT dan Pernikahan Sejenis, Ormas GMBI Geruduk DPRD Kota Depok.]

Source: http://wartakota.tribunnews.com/2018/02/07/tolak-lgbt-dan-pernikahan-sejenis-ormas-gmbi-geruduk-dprd-kota-depok.

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