Miss World Pageant threatened by hard-line Islamists

JAKARTA police are being deployed to protect the Miss World Pageant as Indonesian hard-line Islamists ramp up their opposition to the event.

The Jakarta Post is reporting hundreds from the group Hizbut Tahrir, took to the streets for 30 minutes before marching on the office of local members to voice their anger.

A co-ordinator for the group told the Post the pageant "is no more than a parade of women's bodies and, as such, is strictly prohibited by Islamic teachings".

The protest also included mothers who brought their children to the rally.

The pageant includes entrants from 131 countries including Queensland's Erin Holland, 24, who will represent Australia.

The Miss World 2013 final will be held in Jakarta on September 28.

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