Indonesia: Jakarta Governor Attends Islamic Party for 10,000 but Bans Christmas

Indonesia: Jakarta Governor Attends Islamic Party for 10,000 but Bans Christmas


Jakarta’s deputy governor banned Christmas and New Year events in the Indonesian capital this holiday season in an announcement Monday.

“There is no mass mobilization like in previous years, music concerts, cultural concerts, dances, songs and so on; this year, there is no more,” Jakarta Deputy Gov. Ahmad Riza Patria, or Ariza, told reporters by telephone on Monday.

Ariza revealed the ban on holiday gatherings “when answering a question regarding the potential for an increase in positive confirmation cases of Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] in the Capital City ahead of the upcoming Christmas and New Year 2021,” Indonesia’s Bisnis reported.

“What is certain is that this New Year will not have a celebration like the previous years. We will carry it out according to the Covid-19 protocol,” Ariza added.

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Local news outlet Coconuts noted the hypocrisy of Ariza’s ban on Christian holiday gatherings on Tuesday, pointing out that just two days before

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