Posted on Mon May 28, 2012 08:05 AM PDT
Despite selling out her June 3 concert in Indonesia, Lady Gaga has decided to cancel the performance due to security concerns.
Police stated that they were worried about potential violence after Islamic extremists threatened the superstar if she tried to perform. "With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling off the concert," Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for concert promoter Big Daddy, told the Associated Press. "This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be willing to watch her."
Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have also come under fire from the country's Islamic extremist groups, including the Islamic Defenders Front, who protest regularly against what they see as negative Western influences in Indonesia. "This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims," Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the group. "Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil."
Lady Gaga tweeted about the cancellation and wrote, "There is nothing Holy about hatred ... I am so very sorry for the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me ... I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people." Refunds will be issued to those who purchased tickets.
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