Indonesia moves Miss World final to Bali after protests

INDONESIAN officials are moving the final of the Miss World pageant to Bali, after days of hardline Muslim protests in Java.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets, with some dressing goats in Miss World sashes and others burning effigies of the pageant organisers.

The competition’s organisers had already promised to make contestants wear sarongs during the bikini fashion segment.

The contest opens in Bali on Sunday and later rounds were due to take place in and around Jakarta, with the winner originally set to be crowned at a venue outside the capital on September 28.

Now, the entire competition will take place in Bali, where there is less influence from hardline Muslims.

Coordinating minister for people’s welfare Agung Laksono says the government has “listened to what the people wanted.”

The move comes after some 600 people joined Saturday’s protests on Java island, bringing along goats wearing Miss World sashes in Yogyakarta city to ridicule the event.

Students in Java’s Surabaya city held banners reading: “We are ready to die for the Miss World contest to be scrapped”.

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