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Indonesia Has Bigger Problems Than Bikinis

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Indonesians are taking to the streets to demand the government heed their complaints. Are they livid about corruption? No. Fed up with poverty? Not really. Angry over political gridlock? Not so much. It’s those damn bikinis.

In recent days, the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population has been consumed by protests against the Miss World pageant finale Sept. 28, originally scheduled to be held near Jakarta. Muslim groups, including radical ones, have threatened violent attacks. The government has responded by moving the event to Bali -- the Hindu-majority island popular with Westerners -- increasing security, and hoping for the best.