Conservative Muslims in Indonesia protest Coldplay’s live performance due to the band’s help for the LGBT group

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Greater than 200 conservative Muslims marched within the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, demanding that Coldplay’s live performance be canceled that night time due to the British band’s help for the LGBT group.

The demonstrators marched about one kilometer (half a mile) from the Jakarta live performance venue the place the band was scheduled to carry out, carrying a big banner that learn: “Reject, cancel and dissolve Coldplay’s live shows.” She described the band as “propaganda” for the homosexual group, saying that its place harms “religion and morals.”

The identical protest group additionally held demonstrations final week at a number of areas in Jakarta, together with the British Embassy.

Muslims chant slogans during a march against British band Coldplay outside the British Embassy in Jakarta on November 10, 2023.
Muslims display towards British band Coldplay exterior the British Embassy in Jakarta on November 10.Ahmed Ibrahim / A.B

Indonesia is a secular nation with an extended historical past of spiritual tolerance, however a small group of extremists has turn out to be extra vocal lately.

Coldplay is thought for incorporating its values ​​into their performances, such because the band’s pursuit of environmental sustainability. Lead singer Chris Martin is thought to put on rainbow colours and Waving gay pride flags during parades.

The protests comply with the cancellation of live shows earlier this 12 months in Southeast Asia on account of points associated to the LGBT group. British pop rock band In 1975 he canceled his shows in Jakarta and Taipei in July after the Malaysian authorities lower quick a music pageant following the band’s lead singer criticizing the nation’s anti-gay legal guidelines and kissing a bandmate whereas performing.

Woman Gaga canceled her sold-out live performance in Indonesia in 2012 on account of safety issues after Muslim militants threatened violence if the pop star continued together with her “Born This Approach Ball” live performance.

A Coldplay member wears a headband with images of the band before a concert in Jakarta on November 15, 2023.
A member of Coldplay wears a headscarf with pictures of the band earlier than a live performance held on Wednesday in Jakarta.Mas Agung Willis/AFP – Getty Photos

The Asian leg of Coldplay’s “Music of the Spheres World Tour” features a live performance on Wednesday at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. Greater than 70,000 tickets have been bought in lower than two hours when gross sales opened in Might.

Jakarta is likely one of the band’s prime stay streaming hubs, with 1.6 million followers within the metropolis.

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