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Anti-maskers in Indonesia asked to dig graves for COVID-19 victims

Indonesia authorities ordered people who broke the face mask law to dig graves of victims.

Cars and motorcycles are seen on Sudirman street that is usually busy with traffic, at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Indonesia’s capital on Monday begins to reimpose large-scale social restrictions to control a rapid expansion in the virus cases.
Cars and motorcycles are seen on Sudirman Street that is usually busy with traffic, at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Indonesia’s capital on Monday begins to reimpose large-scale social restrictions to control a rapid expansion in the virus cases.
Tatan Syuflana, Associated Press

Indonesia authorities ordered eight people who broke the country’s face mask law to dig the graves for the victims of COVID-19, according to the Jakarta Post.

East Java officials punished the anti-maskers as a way to help stop others from disobeying the country’s law.

The law requires those who violate protocols within the country to receive fines or community service as a form of punishment, the Jakarta Post reports.

  • “There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” politician Suyono said, according to the Jakarta Post.
  • “Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations.”

The anti-maskers were not asked to deal with the victims specifically — only to dig the graves, the New York Post reports.

  • Health officials with full body equipment handled the deceased victims.

Indonesia has been known to act tough on policy violators when it comes to COVID-19. According to Newsweek, the country punished quarantine violators by locking the up in abandoned houses that were believed to be ... haunted.