The extremist Islam Defender Font (FPI) says it will take to the streets if US singer Lady Gaga does not cancel her upcoming Jakarta concert on June 3.
FPI chairman Habib Rizieq said:
FPI is strongly rejecting Lady Gaga's concert because we know very well how she is during the performing in concerts everywhere.
He promised that he would join FPI members in taking to the streets if the concert went ahead. He said:
If you want chaos in Jakarta, just continue to hold the concert,
Rizieq said that he would directly convey the group's opposition to the President
Update: Police Consider Ban
14th May 2012. See article
Lady Gaga's sold-out Jakarta concert is scheduled for June 3, but police have yet to decide whether Indonesia's 40,000 ticket-holders will be able to see Lady Gaga perform. The planned concert has attracted the ire of extremist Islamists of the
Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), who ludicrously called Lady Gaga to the devil during rallies and warned that her concert will degrade the nation's sense of morality.
The Jakarta Police recommended that the concert be canceled. But, in the end, the decision is not theirs and permits are issued by the National Police who are still undecided whether to allow the perfomance.
We ask the National Police to take into consideration the public's opposition to Lady Gaga's concert, said M. Mahendradatta, board chairman for the Muslim Defenders Team, an organization known for representing hard-line Islamists and
alleged terrorists. Mahendradatta claimed that the pop diva promotes devil worship and that her concert will corrupt the moral sensibilities of young Indonesians. He spewed:
Whether you like it or not, Lady Gaga teaches [fans] to worship the devil. That goes against the teachings of any religion. We don't approve of that.
FPI's leader Rizieq Syihab furthered the devil worshiping claims, adding that the singer was planning to build Lucifer's kingdom in Indonesia.
Update: Threats pay off
16th May 2012. See article
Indonesian police have banned a concert by US pop star Lady Gaga in the capital next month. This follows follows the Islamic Defenders
Front (FPI) threats to intercept Lady Gaga at the airport and stop her getting off the plane.
Saut Nasution, a spokesman for the Indonesian police, told the BBC's Indonesian service:
It is better that we don't give permission rather than that [the concert] ends up being stopped by the people. We have already received a letter requesting us to consider the people's plea [for cancellation]. And the Jakarta Police also
refused to recommend a permit for the concert because we don't want people to clash [on the matter].
Habib Salim Alatas, the Jakarta head of the FPI said: She's a vulgar singer who wears only panties and a bra when she sings. He also described her as dangerous for Indonesia's younger generation, and claimed that Lady Gaga had
referred to herself as the devil's messenger.
Update: Police Back Off from Ban
22nd May 2012. See article
The National Police has revised its stance on the Lady Gaga concert, saying it might issue the permit the show needs to go on.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said that if the promoter could get recommendations from the concert venue and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, as well as prove it was a legal entity, the National Police would
issue the permit.
As long as it meets those three requirements, [the concert] will be staged, Saud said.
The Jakarta Police said that while it still wasn't giving its recommendation, if the National Police decided the issue the permit, it would comply with that decision and secure the concert.
Update: Police say OK as long as religious extremists agree
23rd May 2012. See article
The National Police now says it will issue a concert permit for American pop diva Lady Gaga - but only if the promoters achieve the monumental task of getting recommendations from the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Indonesian Ulema Council
Both organizations have shown strong opposition to the singer's concert in Indonesia.
Police also demanded that concert promoter Big Daddy Entertainment have recommendations from the Tourism Ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry, the Director General of Immigration over Lady Gaga's visa and the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.
A permit from the management of Bung Karno Stadium, where the planned June 3 concert will be held, is also required.
Update: Indonesia concert called off
28th May 2012. See article
Lady Gaga has cancelled her Indonesian concert, with promoters saying the security threat was too serious after Islamic extremists promised chaos.
The promoters had indicated that a deal was being hammered out to tone down the June 3 concert in Jakarta, but the US star's management had stood firm, vowing there would be no compromise to appease religious nutters.
Minola Sebayang, lawyer for promoters Big Daddy, told reporters:
Lady Gaga's management has considered the situation minute to minute, and with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling off the concert.
This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her.
Lady gaga tweeted before the announcement was made: There is nothing Holy about hatred.
FPI Jakarta chairman Habib Salim Alatas said the cancellation was good news for Muslims in Indonesia.