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Two Indonesian musicians on trial over song likening police officer to dog

Two Indonesian musicians on trial over song likening police officer to dog

Two Indonesian musicians went on trial Wednesday, accused of insulting the police force by singing a song that likened an officer to a dog, the state news agency Antara reported.
The pair, from the little-known alternative band Ed-Edy & Residivis, face a maximum of a year and a half in prison if found guilty, the report said.
They were arrested in July on the resort island of Bali at a concert to raise money for the victims of an earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java in May, the report said.
The song contained the line, "I thought it was a street thug but it turned out to be a police officer acting like a dog," the report said.
Calling someone a dog is considered a major insult in Indonesia.
The pair are accused of violating laws that stipulate "publicly insulting authorities" is a crime, the report said.
Neither court officials nor the defendants were immediately available for comment.
Indonesia is a democracy, has a free press, and anti-government demonstrations are allowed.
However, an authoritarian streak lingers from its earlier three decades of dictatorship, and several activists have been arrested for verbally abusing the president and other high-ranking officials in recent years.


Updated : 2020-12-01 07:27 GMT+08:00