Global Protest on Friday: 'Don't Sleep With The Sultan'
By Lynn De La Cruz
The boycott against the sultan of Brunei continues with a global protest on Friday, where multiple cities around the world will participate in the campaign to #StopTheSultan from enacting Sharia law that penalizes homosexuality and adultery with death by stoning.
The International Day of Action was planned by LGBT activists to honor the 45-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Protestors will demonstrate at hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei, as well as at WorldPride in Toronto. In Los Angeles, LGBT and women’s rights activists will gather across from the Beverly Hills Hotel, which has lost revenue since the boycott, to “rededicate ourselves to fighting for equality and the right to be ourselves — everywhere,” Billy Polina, an L.A. gay rights activist, said in a statement. The L.A. protest is planned for 7 p.m.
A protest is planned in every country in Europe that has a hotel owned by the sultan. This includes the Dorchester in London, Le Richemond in Geneva, Hotel Principe de Savoia in Milan, Hotel Eden in Rome, and Le Meurice in Paris.
Protest sites include rallies in front of the Embassy of Brunei at these locations: Washington, D.C, Brussels, Dehli, Manila, and Canberra, Australia. Philippines (all take place at noon, local time). An additional embassy action will take place in Ottowa, Canada on Wednesday.