Estonian beauty queen in hot water following social media rant criticizing “corrupt” Bali police

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One other day, one other foreigner in Bali is in sizzling water. This time, a pageant contestant from Estonia named Valeria Vasilieva is dealing with backlash (and, probably, deportation) after a video of her criticizing native police went viral on Indonesian social media. 

Native shops reported Vasilieva initially uploaded the video on her TikTok and Instagram with the deal with @lerusi_k. Within the video, she claimed that native police would extort vacationers on the Island of Gods. It has been reported that Vasilieva was fined by the police for violating visitors rules previous to recording the video.

“If you wish to journey to Bali, be prepared,” she stated within the now-deleted video. She went on to say that the police would cease vacationers all over the place and examine their paperwork earlier than insinuating that the police greedily take vacationers’ cash.

“Till you’ll pay the entire cash you must this fucking corruption police [sic]. Good luck,” she added, sarcastically. 

Vasilieva later took down the video however native entrepreneur and clothier Niluh Djelantik (IG @niluhdjelantik) seen it and uploaded a duplicate on her Instagram account.

“With that many pageant crowns you could have, however nonetheless no manners,” Niluh wrote within the caption. 

“For those who’re obeying the foundations [such as wearing helmets or have all the documents handy], the authorities wouldn’t implement the legislation […] main a sure public opinion by saying f*ck*1ng [corrupt police], when you don’t have proof you’ll cope with the general public deception and defamation legislation. The punishment is jail and deportation,” she stated. 

Niluh tagged the official Instagram accounts of each the Badung Police and the Denpasar Police. 

Vasilieva later uploaded an apology video (which was additionally reuploaded by Niluh). Niluh acknowledged that whereas Vasilieva is forgiven, she nonetheless must reply for her earlier video through which she was seen insulting the police. 

Police in Indonesia, together with Bali, have certainly been reported to solicit bribes. However with out figuring out the specifics associated to Vasilieva’s alleged visitors violations, one can be remiss to imagine her declare of being extorted with out proof, as folks in Bali – together with foreigners – have been extensively reported to violate visitors legal guidelines, corresponding to driving a motorbike with out a helmet.

Native shops reported that Vasilieva, who’s staying in Canggu, is a contestant of the tenth version of Miss World 2022 representing Estonia. The occasion is scheduled to be held on the Nusa Dua Conference Middle on June 11. The pageant was held just about final yr after it was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic. 

Vasilieva turned the most recent foreigner who went viral this yr for offending the locals, after a Canadian man danced bare on high of Mt. Batur and a Russian yogi posed bare at an historic tree close to a Balinese temple. Each have been deported from Bali. 

Final month, a girl’s complaints on Kuta Seashore peddlers additionally went viral on social media to the purpose the authorities rounded them up and rehabilitated them in consequence. Feedback on the final video have been divided: some labeling the lady a “Karen”, whereas others say that she has some extent as seaside peddlers in Bali have been recognized to be be annoyingly persistent.

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