Lady Gaga was never going to show up at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium on Sunday. But that didn’t stop dozens of fans from gathering outside the stadium for a rally against the increasing influence of Indonesia’s hard-line Islamist organizations.
Fans, known as “Little Monsters” placed flowers outside the stadium in a mock memorial service for “the death of freedom of expression in Indonesia.” Others staged a flash mob, dancing for seven minutes to a mix of the US pop star’s hits.
“We recorded [the rally] and uploaded it to the Internet so the world can see that not all Indonesians condone violence,” said Tria Meirina, one of the organizers of Sunday’s event.
Lady Gaga canceled her June 3 concert amid threats from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a hard-line Islamist organization. The National Police were cautious about issuing the concert a permit after the FPI threatened to storm the concert and “do what they must to stop the show.”
Ravi Agustiana came to Sunday’s demonstration after spending her entire savings on a ticket.
“I was so disappointed and sad when I heard that Gaga’s concert was canceled,” the 19 year-old said adding that she came on Sunday to ease the pain of not being able to see the singer live.
Fia Rahmatia, of Bandung, West Java, said she spread word of the rally through the Twitter account @IndoProGaga.