Whether barongsai Chinese lion dancing is banned in Aceh, or just a misunderstanding.
In what seems a similar case to that in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, last year, it has been claimed that the staging of Chinese barongsai dances has again been prohibited in Indonesia, this time in another backwater province, Aceh, where Islamic sharia law is gradually being introduced.
Performance of Barongsai at Pondok Indah Mall, Jakarta.
Chinese residents of Aceh had planned to join in joint prayers to commemorate the five years since the Asian tsunami by holding barongsai lion dancing performances, however a spokesman for a Buddhist association in the capital Banda Aceh, Yuswar, said on 21st December that the Aceh Department of Religion would not allow barongsai performances in the province: 
We are disappointed by this restriction, because the Barongsai is just a cultural attraction, not a religious one.
Yuswar said that permission to hold a barongsai parade through central Banda Aceh had been denied by the police and Religion Department, with the reason that conditions were not right for such a thing.
The next day, a spokesman for the Department of Religion, Rahman TB, said Aceh people, who were almost all Muslim, were not ready to see barongsai in the streets of their city. 
However in a press release of 23rd December an official of the Department of Religion in Aceh denied any ban existed.
It's not true, there is no ban.
The official, Juniazi, said he had already requested that the Buddhist association withdraw its claims that barongsai was banned in the province, and that the Buddhists had complied and admitted that they had misunderstood the situation: 
We hope now that they have clarified things that this discussion over barongsai will cease forthwith.
Ya, just back from Jogja, where I read the barongsai story with appalled dismay. Whether it is banned or not is almost secondary to the display of infantile Islamofascism from the twit who held forth on the ‘unreadiness’ of Acehnese to enjoy the entertainment. That ignoramus should be fired forthwith.
A similarly depressing report also popped up in the Globe a few days earlier, re the ‘tight trouser’ ban in one district of the benighted province.
Are we really in ‘the world’s largest Muslim democracy?’ Who do these gauleiters think they are?
Acehnese can make up their own minds what to wear, and what to watch, or are they truly subject to Islamist primitives’ thought control?
When will the seemingly sensible governor and his new majority in the provincial legislature act to restore real freedom to their citizens, or, if not, when will SBY step in to redeem his country’s good name?
belum pernah liat barongsai tampil di jalan
It seems that the officials in Aceh are uncertain about barongsai.