Lady Gaga show may go on

May 22, 2012
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia's National Police now say they will issue a permit for Lady Gaga's June 3rd performance if her concert promoter meets certain administrative requirements, The Jakarta Globe reported Tuesday (May 22nd).

National Police spokesman Inspector General Saud Usman Nasution said the promoter needs to obtain recommendations from the concert venue and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, as well as prove it was a legal entity, The Globe said.

"As long as it meets those three requirements, [the concert] will be staged," Saud said.

The Jakarta Police said they would comply with the decision. "We have to be ready to do our duty, including securing the concert if it is allowed," Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said.

Last week, both police forces refused to authorise the show after conservative religious groups announced their opposition to it and the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened to create "chaos" in Jakarta.

After a two-hour meeting Tuesday the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) voted unanimously to stick by its original rejection of the artist as morally dangerous to Indonesian youth and inappropriately hedonistic in a country where people suffer from hunger, The Jakarta Post said.

Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has said Gaga can perform in Bali if her Jakarta concert is canceled, as long as police can guarantee security and she respects Balinese culture.


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