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They risk deportation after painting fake anti-Covid masks on their faces


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A box of surgical protective mask. (drawing) – PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

A video shot in Indonesia and posted on YouTube on April 22 could earn its authors deportation from the country. Local authorities accuse Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se of breaking the rule relating to wearing a mask.

The passports of the two videographers were confiscated pending a decision on possible sanctions, reports CNN. Their clip first shows the young girl being denied access to a Bali grocery store because she is not wearing a mask. Her friend then paints her face in such a way that it looks like she is wearing surgical protection.

Youtubers apologize

Indonesian law allows law enforcement to fine foreigners who fail to wear a mask. In the event of a second offense, the offenders may have to leave the country. Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se had not been fined previously. But the video, widely relayed, caused controversy and gave great visibility to the case.

The clip has since been removed from the duo’s YouTube account. The videographers posted another video to Instagram in which they apologize. Josh Paler Lin assures that he did not want to “disrespect or encourage anyone not to want to wear a mask”.

He also promised not to start over. The YouTubers’ case “will be reviewed with Immigration authorities to determine whether they will be deported,” said a spokesperson for the local office of the Department of Justice and Human Rights.



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