Lebanese clerics torpedo Brazilian samba show

Thu Oct 1, 2009 10:31am EDT
 
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Tire, Lebanon (Reuters Life!) - A protest by Muslim clerics torpedoed a Brazilian samba show in the Lebanese city of Tire Thursday, local officials said.

A statement by the clerics condemned plans for the open-air display by a dance troupe that has been touring Lebanon.

"We support tourism but are against obscenity," said Sheikh Ali Yassin, who heads a group of clerics in the predominantly Shi'ite Muslim city.

The local council responded by cancelling the show after consulting politicians and security officials, officials said.

The troupe, including musicians and scantily clad dancers, performed in central Beirut's Martyrs' Square last week.

(Writing by Tom Perry in Beirut, editing by Paul Casciato)