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Indonesians struggle to climb greased poles for prizes on country's Independence Day

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Participants struggle during a greased pole climbing competition held as a part of independence day celebration at Jaya Ancol Dream Park in Jakarta, Indonesia on Aug. 17.

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Indonesia, the world's most populous Islamic country, is celebrating its 68th independence from the Dutch colonial rule.

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Men reach the top of the poles and then pass the prizes, such as bicycles and small kitchen appliances, down to those waiting below.

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An Indonesian man carries a water cooler which he won in the game.