Police responded by denying the necessary permits. Then, after public outcry, they said they reconsider but only if Lady Gaga agreed to tone down her act.
But a small extremist fringe has become more vocal and violent in recent years, attacking Christians and members of other religious minorities, transvestites, atheists and anyone else deemed immoral.
He posted a picture on his Facebook page of a man hiding his identity with a turban and sunglasses and holding a $50 ticket to the "Ball."
"Gaga two hour show will not hurt Indonesian Muslims. For God sake, she is not a terrorist!"
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"It unfortunate," he said. "But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga side is calling it off. and others an example of how democracy and Islam and can coexist. In many ways they are right. Since emerging from dictatorship just over Nike Air Force 1 Blue Suede a decade ago, sweeping reforms have resulted in direct elections, while vastly improving human rights and freeing up the media.
Hard liners, however, were ecstatic.
"This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims," said Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front. "Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil."
the big winner at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, but it wasn't receiving the top honor or giving an outrageous performance that had people talking.
Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian show after threats
Around 50 others, dressed up like the pop diva, performed a mob flash dance at a shopping mall in Jakarta to some of her biggest hits.
The planned "Born This Way Ball" concert has been on again off again from the start.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Lady Gaga canceled her sold out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.
Earlier, Murhali Barda, a spokesman for the group, said supporters had purchased more than 150 tickets to the concert.
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Michael Rusli, head of Big Daddy, promised "Little Monster" fans full refunds.
But on Sunday, it was final, said Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show.
"Our target is to stop the concert," he wrote, providing little more detail. "We would force them off the stage but not harm the audience."
Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia May 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
The most notorious group, Islamic Defenders Front, called Lady Gaga a "messenger of the devil" and vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if she tried to step off the plane. Others said they bought tickets so they could wreak havoc from inside the 52,000 seat stadium in the capital, Jakarta.
"This only shows to the world how weak security forces are in this country, how police are afraid of a bunch of hard liners," he said.
But that provided little consolation to people like 25 year old Johnny Purba.
Fans were devastated, despite the promoter offer of full refunds. Some accused police who refused to issue a permit over concerns about security of buckling to the will of a small group of thugs.
Instead, she pulled the plug on what was supposed to be the biggest stop on her Asian tour.
"We have gotten Lady Gaga tickets," the caption said. "Not to watch but for us to enter."
The controversy was a blow to the predominantly Muslim country reputation for combining free speech and democracy with a mostly moderate brand of the faith.
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