Indonesian cities ban Valentine's Day

Last Updated: Feb 14 2018 16:37

JAKARTA- On Wednesday, Indonesian cities banned Valentine's Day as police caught affectionate couples, giving the official adjournment to a tradition which critics say does not deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation.

On Wednesday authorities in the country's second-biggest city, Surabaya briefly arrested about two dozen couples during a raid to hunt any sign of Valentine's Day celebrations. They were expected to be released with an admonition.

"It has never been declared by the government to be a celebration in the country" and the ban would prevent hanky-panky among students, Syamsu Rizal, the deputy mayor of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi said.

"Valentine's Day reflects a culture which is not in line with Aceh's and Islamic law," provincial governor Irwandi Yusuf said in a statement.