Indonesia Muslim hardliners want Miss World contest banned

OFF TO INDONESIA. Miss World Philippines 2013 Megan Young before she left for the Miss World pageant on September 3. Photo by Jory Rivera/OPMB

About 150 Islamic hardliners protested in the Indonesian capital Jakarta Tuesday against the Miss World beauty pageant, the latest outburst of anger about the contest in the Muslim-majority nation. Just days before the pageant is due to start on the resort island of Bali, the demonstrators called on authorities to cancel it and brandished banners reading “Miss World Go to Hell.” “The contest will invite danger and vice. Muslims must never let this happen,” one protester shouted to the crowd, who responded with chants of “God is great.” Anger has been growing at the decision to stage the Miss World beauty pageant in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. A decision by organizers to drop the famed bikini round this year has failed to appease hardliners, who have pledged to stage huge demonstrations when the final takes place outside Jakarta on September 28.

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