Muslim protesters pray as they burn an effigy during an anti-LGBT rally in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Hendri Abik)
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Muslims in Indonesia's conservative and semi-autonomous Aceh province are protesting an investigation into local police who rounded up and publicly humiliated transgender women.National Police spokesman Mochammad Iqbal said an internal police unit is investigating officers including North Aceh police Chief Untung Sangaji.Videos circulated online showed that police forced the 12 transgender women to dress as men, shaved their heads and berated them about not being masculine.Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid said the raids on beauty salons are just the latest example of the authorities arbitrarily targeting transgender people simply for who they are.Sangaji told reporters earlier this week that the police's actions were discussed beforehand with Islamic scholars and police were acting according to Aceh's laws.
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