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