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Erection of Rainbow Flag by British Embassy In Jakarta Prompts Backlash & Shows Country’s Bigotry

today25 May 2022

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British Ambassador H.E. Owen Jenkins

The British ambassador was called to Indonesia to answer for his country’s “very disrespectful” actions.

A harmless picture posted on the official Instagram account of the British embassy led to the diplomatic problem.

On May 17, the British Embassy in Jakarta hosted an event with participants from diplomatic circles and the LGBTQ community to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.

The next day, it shared a picture of the rainbow LGBTQ flag flying beside the Union Jack at the embassy.

“Sometimes it is important to take a stand for what you think is right, even if disagreement between friends can be uncomfortable,” the post reads.

Conservative voices chimed in the comments area, prompting a backlash.

“Don’t bring your stupid mind in our country, do what you want in your country,” said one user under the post, serving both homophobia…

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Written by: Aqasha Aiman


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