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Australian Tourists Urgently Warned to Avoid Bali

Australians have received an urgent warning to cancel any trips to Bali after protests against Indonesia’s proposed sex ban.

The unrest comes in the wake of a new proposed bill which could see tourists and locals jailed for up to six month for having non-marital sex.

The riots have become so violent that around 300 people have been injured and two students have tragically died.

Protesters have been been seen causing chaos in Bali, Jakarta, the¬†Sulawesi Island and Java’s cultural capital, Yogyakarta.

The warning has been issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying all those who are planning a trip to Indonesia should ‘exercise a high degree of caution’.

‘Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including in Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta, because of the high threat of terrorist attack,’ the department said.

‘Avoid protests, demonstrations and rallies, as these can turn violent without warning.’

Since the violent protests have began two students have died with one suffering a bullet wound (pictured: police officers spraying tear gas in Makassar, Indonesia)
Protesters have been been seen causing chaos in Bali, Jakarta, the Sulawesi Island and Java's cultural capital, Yogyakarta
The unrest comes in the wake of a new proposed bill which could see tourists and locals jailed for up to six month for having non-marital sex (pictured: medic carrying away protester in Medan)

The violent riots have sent Indonesia into chaos all week with police firing tear gas and water cannons in desperate attempts to disperse the protesters.

Shocking footage has also shown some protesters being repeatedly beaten by Indonesian police.

Student Immawan Randi tragically died during the demonstrations after suffering a bullet wound on Thursday, while another died on Friday on the Sulawesi Island.

Tyres, toll gates and even police posts were set on fire during the unrest.

Thousands of people have participated with many carrying large placards demanding the bill be abolished.

One sign read: ‘My crotch does not belong to the government,’ held by a woman who shared the image to social media.

The violent riots have sent Indonesia into chaos all week with police firing tear gas and water cannons in desperate attempts to disperse the protesters (pictured)
Tyres, toll gates and even police posts were set on fire during the unrest (pictured)

So far around 260 students and 40 police have been injured during the riots.

A vote on the bill was original scheduled for Tuesday, but President Joko Widodo on Friday called for a delay in passing the proposed changes after a public backlash.

The changes could affect millions of Indonesians, including gay and heterosexual couples who might face jail for having sex outside wedlock, or having an affair.

An online petition calling for the bill to be scrapped has received half a million signatures while hundreds of thousands took to social media to vent frustration.

Under the proposed laws, unmarried couples who ‘live together as a husband and wife’ could be jailed for six months or face a maximum fine of 10 million rupiah ($US 710), which is three months’ salary for many Indonesians.

An online petition calling for the bill to be scrapped has received half a million signatures while hundreds of thousands took to social media to vent frustration (pictured: protest in Medan, Indonesia)
Thousands of protesters are continuing to oppose the proposed law to ban non-marital sex (pictured: protesters in Makassar, Indonesia)

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