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World Valentine's Day banned in Indonesian city

18:01  14 february  2020
18:01  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Valentine ' s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition Makassar has imposed bans on Valentine ' s Day for the past several years. In 2017 city authorities raided convenience stores to seize condoms in a bid to

Valentine ’ s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a Valentine day . The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn, by pushing to make pre-marital

An Indonesian city has banned couples from celebrating Valentine's Day.

The mayor of Banda Aceh has warned couples that the romantic tradition goes against Islamic law and is not a part of their culture in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

Hotels and restaurants have also been ordered not to host any Valentine's Day events.

Mayor Aminullah Usman told news agency Antara on Tuesday that the decision to ban Valentine's Day would "strengthen Islamic laws".

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Valentine ’ s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities , on Wednesday, as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition which critics say does not deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation. The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia

Valentine ’ s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition which critics say doesn’t deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation. The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a

"To maintain the purity of Islamic values...we would like to inform the public that Valentine's Day goes against Islamic law and is not a part of Aceh's culture," the Banda Aceh mayor said.

a bouquet of flowers on a table: Valentine's Day has been banned in the city of Aceh to © Image - Getty Images; Video - Newshub Valentine's Day has been banned in the city of Aceh to "strengthen Islamic laws". An official document was signed and issued on Monday ordering couples not to take part in any Valentine's Day related activities.

West Java's Bandung Education Agency issued a similar order banning high school students from celebrating Valentine's Day to prevent teenagers from engaging in improper activities.

The secretary of the education agency Cucu Saputra said the ban had been in place in Bandung for a few years.

"Valentine's Day is not a part of our culture and goes against religious norms."

Aceh is the only Indonesian region that imposes sharia law which prescribes flogging as a punishment for crimes that conflict with Islamic morality.

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