Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bali is awesome like this

Hundreds of Bali-bound members of the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) found themselves stuck in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Saturday as female police officers — backed by nearly a 1,000 members of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) — blockaded the entrance to the port.

The Islamist group planned to take a ferry to Bali to protest the Hindu-majority island’s hosting of the controversial Miss World beauty pageant. The organization claimed the pageant, which was moved to Bali amid protests, ran counter to conservative Muslim values.

The decision to move the Miss World pageant from Bogor to Bali was seen as the latest sign of hard-line groups growing influence in Indonesia. The FPI held protests across Java on Sept. 7 to urge the government to cancel the event outright. The Jakarta Globe

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