Indonesians try to beat Eid exodus ban


Hundreds of Indonesian Muslims crowd a shopping area to purchase new clothes in Bekasi, ignoring government recommendation to conduct a social distancing amid the pandemic. – AFP pic, May 23, 2020.

INDONESIANS are turning to smugglers and bogus travel documents to get around bans on an annual end-of-Ramadan exodus that could send coronavirus cases skyrocketing in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation.

Thousands are using any trick in the book to reach their hometowns in time for celebrations at the end of Islam’s holy fasting month this weekend, a festival known as Eid al-Fitr.


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