Indonesian Muslims protest Miss World pageant

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Women protest Miss World pageant

Islamic hardliners are staging protests to reject hosting the Miss World beauty pageant in Indonesia, saying the event promotes "smut and pornography." See gallery

Hard-line Muslims have been protesting the Miss World pageant in Indonesia. Saturday's final was set to take place in Jakarta, but was moved to the island of Bali at the last minute in response to the uprisings.

The Islamic Defenders Front, known for organizing protests and raids against bars and prostitution, has organized protests for weeks where thousands have displayed signs that read: "Miss World Is Whore Contest" and "Miss World Go to Hell."

Some are concerned about security at the pageant's televised finale, particularly since Bali is also hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit the following week.

"There's a very real potential for violence at either event," Damien Kingsbury, an Indonesia expert at Deakin University in Australia, told The Associated Press.

In this photo: Muslim women stage a protest against the Miss World beauty pageant contest in Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra island, on Sept. 14. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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'Miss World Is Whore Contest'

A Muslim man holds a placard during a protest demanding the cancellation of the Miss World pageant, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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'Miss World Go To Hell'

Indonesian Muslim protesters display a banner during a rally demanding the cancellation of Miss World pageant in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Muslim women demand cancellation of Miss World pageant

Muslim women chant slogans in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sept. 5, during a protest demanding the cancellation of the Miss World pageant. The winner will be announced Sept. 28.

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Islamic groups burn effigy of CEO of Miss World broadcaster

Members of various hard-line Islamic groups look on as an effigy of Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the CEO of the host broadcaster for the Miss World competition, burns on Sept. 6, during a Jakarta, Indonesia, protest against the competition.

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Muslim women chant slogans during a protest

Muslim women chant slogans during a protest against the 63rd annual edition of the Miss World pageant. Hard-liners say the competition is immoral, indecent and counter to Islamic values.

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Conservative Muslims present their version of pageant queens

Anti-Miss World demonstrators from Indonesia's conservative Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir present their version of Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Indonesia, wearing long dresses and head scarves fully covering their bodies, during a rally in Medan city on Sept. 5.

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Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners protest pageant

Indonesian Muslim women march Sept. 5 in Jakarta during a demonstration against the Miss World beauty pageant.

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Muslim protesters take part during an anti-Miss World protest

Muslims protest against the Miss World pageant Sept. 6 in Jakarta. Hundreds of Islamic hardliners reject the pageant, saying the beauty contest insults Muslims in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.

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Indonesian hard-line Islamic group protests pageant

A member of an Indonesian hard-line Islamic group holds up a banner Sept. 6 in Jakarta during a protest against the Miss World competition.

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Islamic group confronts police in Miss World protest

Members of an Indonesian hard-line Islamic group confront police Sept. 6 in Jakarta during a protest against the Miss World competition in Indonesia.

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Miss World monkey

A Muslim protester holds a poster showing a monkey as Miss World during an anti-pageant protest Sept. 6 in Jakarta.

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Praying in protest

Muslim men raise their hands as they pray Sept. 6 outside the Jakarta offices of the MNC media group, the local organizer of the Miss World pageant. Protesters were demanding the cancellation of the pageant.

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