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Probe into North Aceh police

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Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia February 2, 2018.

BANDA ACEH (AFP) – Indonesian police said yesterday they would press ahead with an investigation into officers accused of publicly shaming transgender people in conservative Aceh province despite an angry protest against the probe. North Aceh police chief Ahmad Untung Surianata and several of his subordinates have been questioned by the police internal affairs unit following raids on beauticians’ premises in which 12 transgender staff were detained. Officers were said to have forcibly cut the hair of some of them and made them wear male clothing and speak in a masculine voice. Mr Surianata said at the time that mothers had complained the transgender people were teasing their sons.

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