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Vancouver man to be deported from Bali after dancing naked on sacred mountain – Nation World News

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A Vancouver actor and personal wellness trainer is awaiting deportation from Indonesia after a video of him went viral.

According to French newswire agency France-Presse (AFP), the video shows Jeffrey Kreigen doing a nude haka on Mount Batur, a sacred mountain on the island of Bali. It drew criticism for a variety of reasons, including its use of the Haka and its disrespect to the Balinese people.

He has since removed the video and apologized, but not before Indonesian authorities were made aware of it. According to AFP, he was detained by immigration officials, who have decided to deport him.

However, because she has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, she remains in custody until an airline agrees to take her.

“The airlines have not agreed (to transport him),” Teddy Riandi, the head of Denpasar’s immigration office, told AFP on Tuesday.

He will be blacklisted from entering Bali, officials told AFP, noting that he has been in the country since 2019 to study alternative medicine. On his LinkedIn bio he still lists Vancouver as his home.

In a video shared after the dance was criticized, Kreigen apologized but said he wanted to send the message of Jesus.

In a video posted after Kreigen was taken into custody, Crying shares his regrets over the incident and talks about the need for help. He notes that he is not asking to stay in the country.

“When I shared that video it was in the hope that it might be seen,” he says. “So I could feel alive somehow.”

He says he is at the immigration office and is not sure what to do.

Authorities deported more than 200 people from the island in 2021 for a variety of reasons. The mountain is both a sacred site and a popular tourist destination on the island and is recommended for visitors to become familiar with and respect the local cultural values.

Kragen worked in the Vancouver film and TV industry for many years and has credits in shows such as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Colony and Ghost Wars, often as a security guard or officer.

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