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Muslims Protest Gambling, Porn

July 4, 1999

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Hundreds of Muslim youths protested over the weekend to demand police crack down on gambling and pornography.

It was the third Muslim protest in the capital against a recent explosion of pornographic magazines in the world’s most populous Islamic nation.

About 500 members of the self-proclaimed Islamic Defense Front, wearing white shirts and Indonesia’s trademark black headdress, took part in the protest Saturday outside the Jakarta Police headquarters.

``We urge police to ban and eradicate all kinds of gambling and to take stern action against all media publishing pornography,″ said Abdurrahman Anwar, a protest leader.

On Thursday, up to 500 students, mostly women, held a series of anti-pornography rallies in front of police headquarters, the Ministry of Woman Affairs and the Ministry of Information.

Many of the racy magazines have sprouted up amid the newfound media freedom that followed last year’s resignation of authoritarian President Suharto.

Though the magazines would be considered tame by Western standards, the protesters say they are pornographic and go beyond the limit of social decency.

About 90 percent of Indonesia’s 210 million people are Muslims.

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