Indonesian Muslims hold anti-Miss World protest

6:40 AM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
Indonesian Muslim protesters burn a banner featuring Miss World 2012 Yu Wenxia from China reading 'Reject Miss World' during a protest in Jakarta on September 3, 2013 (ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian Muslims have staged a demonstration in the country's capital to try to stop the holding of the Miss World pageant this weekend on the resort island of Bali.

More than 200 members of several Muslim hard-line groups organized by the Islamic Society Forum staged a rally Tuesday at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle before marching to the MNC Tower, the building that houses the local organizer.

The demonstration was peaceful, but protesters shouted "Go to hell Miss World" and called on the government to stop the pageant. The building was guarded by 300 police.

The protest come days after the influential Indonesia's Clerics council urged the government to cancel the event, saying the exposure of skin by women in such a competition violates Islamic teachings.

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