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Influencers Who Painted Face Mask On Are Jailed At Bali Immigration Centre

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Influencers Who Painted Face Mask On Are Jailed At Bali Immigration Centre

Two influencers have been jailed in an immigration centre where they are waiting to be deported from Bali after painting on a face mask instead of just wearing one.

Josh Paler Lin and Leia Sin staged the stunt after being refused entry to a supermarket for not complying with the coronavirus rules of mandatory mask wearing.

According to the MailOnline, the pair are now being held in custody before being flown home.

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The rules in Bali say that violators of mask-wearing should face fines of one million rupiah ($70/£50) for foreigners and deportation after a second offence but reports suggest that police want them to be removed off the island as soon as possible.

Bali's civil service police unit head Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi said: "It's only proper to sanction them more severely, not just with a fine but also deportation. They are not only violating, but deliberately provoking in public to defy health guidelines."

Jamaruli Manihuruk, who heads the Bali regional office for the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, claims that the pair now need a negative Covid-19 test and then they will be deported but in the meantime are being held in a detention cell.

He explained: "Foreigners who don't respect the laws and regulations in Indonesia are facing deportation sanctions."

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Credit: Instagram/niluhdjelantik
Credit: Instagram/niluhdjelantik

Since their viral video got the wrong kind of attention, the influencers have issued an apology.

Lin is a Taiwanese passport holder whose YouTube channel specialises in prank videos said: "I made this video to entertain people because I'm a content creator and it's my job to entertain people.

"However, I did not realize that what I did could actually bring a lot of negative comments."

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They released a video onto their Instagram page and said they weren't trying to disrespect the mask mandate that's in place due to the coronavirus pandemic and didn't want to encourage others to break the rules.

Credit: Instagram/niluhdjelantik
Credit: Instagram/niluhdjelantik

The clip shows the pair strolling through a store in the Indonesian tourist hotspot with Leia wearing some blue paint on her face in an attempt to fool everyone in the store that she had a mask on.

She managed to make it past the security guard that was checking for personal protective equipment, but copped some curious glances from shoppers.

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One person approached them to ask the Russian national whether her mask was real and she couldn't hide her excitement at duping a customer.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/niluhdjelantik

Topics: Bali, Influencer, News

Rebecca Shepherd
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