Indonesian police arrest six for ‘blasphemy’ over alcohol promotion


Members of an Islamic organisation holding a protest in front of the Holywings bar in Jakarta last night. The bar chain’s free alcohol promotion for patrons named Mohammed and Maria, has sparked outrage in the Muslim-majority country. – AFP pic, June 25, 2022.

INDONESIAN police arrested six people on charges of blasphemy over a bar chain’s free alcohol promotion for patrons named Mohammed, officials said late yesterday, in a case that has sparked outrage in the Muslim-majority country.

In a now-deleted social media post, the Holywings bar had offered a free bottle of gin for men named Mohammed and women named Maria – a popular figure in the Bible – every Thursday if they presented their ID cards. 


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