Today, Indonesia marked the Bali ceremony in memory and honour of most dreadful first Bali terror bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians, a decade ago at two jumping nightclubs in Indonesia’s beach resort of Bali, Paddy’s Bar and the Sari club in Kuta in 2002.
More than hundreds of survivors and relatives of the victims have taken their attendance with lighting candles at Bali’s cultural park in Jimbaran, while Dignitaries including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully are also presenting.
Talking to media, Bali Governor I Made Pastika said, “The loss is not just giving us grief, it is also giving us the strength to fight terrorism nad all other extreme activities”, adding “We do not condemn a certain religion, we condemn those people who have done brutal violence in the name of religion.”
Indonesia where the largest Muslim population is living is appreciated with its warm Hindu-Muslim relations much positive, even that October 2002 bombings had never reflected it with its dangerous affects.
In 2002, Islamist terror group Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah had attacked two suicides bombing at Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar, targeting the Hindus against Muslims in Bali. However, all the Hindus as well as Bali’s diverse ethnic and religious community were badly affected.
“The terrorists sought not only to kill and maim, their attack was nothing less than an assault on humanity,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said, ensuring to fight against terror.