Tear gas fired as Indonesia sex ban protests continue

Jakarta police fired tear gas on Monday as they battled protesters angered by Indonesia’s new corruption law and proposed criminal code.

Large-scale demonstrations began last week over the new law, which critics say weakens Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency.

There’s also anger over the penal code – which would ban sex outside marriage and outlaw most abortions – as well as several wider issues.

President Joko Widodo was re-elected this year promising clean government, and will be sworn in for a second term on 20 October.

The vote on the criminal code has been postponed to the next parliament, and he has suggested he might consider revoking the corruption law.

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