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1. Posted by zags (Respected Member, 370 posts) 9 Sep '04 01:31

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OH NO! i heard it when it happened and I felt the vibration!

2. Posted by EuroInOz (Budding Member, 6 posts) 9 Sep '04 07:09

i'll visit jakarta in december. not that this has discouraged me, but how's the situation for tourists there? should i take more than "normal" precautions?

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5577 posts) 9 Sep '04 07:28

Terrible news.

I am not changing my plans for my trip either which is starting in November and includes 5 weeks in Indonesia (I'll keep you posted on that one zags) but this kind of thing is so horrible and senseless! I really can't understand some people....

My condolances to the Indonesian people that have lost friends and family.

Sam

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4. Posted by zags (Respected Member, 370 posts) 9 Sep '04 17:44

Thanks Sam. Yes it's really terrible. It was near my office building that I thought it was somewhere outside my building when I heard & felt the vibration. Some of my friends work around the location. Their office buildings are damaged. Gratefully my friends are OK, but many people are NOT and that's very sad...

Sam, let me know when you are in Indonesia, especially Jakarta - It will be great if we can meet up

EuroInOz, it's too early for me to say, but hopefully in December the situation will be better. Just keep updated with the news especially after the president election next week and the change of new president in October... Since the news are usually exaggerated, you can always ask me to get a picture of the situation.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5430 posts) 9 Sep '04 19:11

This has been all over the news in Australia. The government here is advising against travelling to Indonesia now, but then again, the attack seemed squarely aimed at Australians. Really sad stuff. My condolences go out to those affected by this as well.

I fail to understand how these cowardly attacks help promote the causes these terrorists are 'fighting' for.

Glad to hear you're ok zags.

6. Posted by zags (Respected Member, 370 posts) 9 Sep '04 21:06

Thanks, Peter.

The news spread fast here just a couple of minutes after the blast. Yesterday I read an Indonesian online news that the Australian Embassy had already received a warning a few days before, so they had increased security. But the blast yesterday came from OUTSIDE the embassy. Learning from this, should we security-check everybody passing in front of our doors? That's ridiculous.

I've never been able to understand this kind of actions either.

7. Posted by abcdf (Full Member, 557 posts) 10 Sep '04 00:59

Neither can I. Its so sad and so many people are affected. I can't understand the destruction.....

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 10 Sep '04 01:45

What made it even worse was that they have actually ended up killing and hurting so many of their own people who are all innocent. And they called themselves "fighters" who fight for a better cause? Yeah, right!

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Hien

9. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive, 627 posts) 17 Sep '04 15:22

Hey zags,

I agree that this is most likely a difficult thing to live through. I heard that about a decade ago a civil war was sapposed to break out between some tribes in Mali, that would eventually consume all of Indonesia. What I heard was true. When I saw some of the blasts in the jungle on the Canadian news I wondered if this unrest has anything to do with what I heard. Do you know who originated this?

Hoping for peace in Indonesia,

Stephanie

10. Posted by zags (Respected Member, 370 posts) 21 Sep '04 00:11

Thanks for your concerns, guys..
We've just had the president election yesterday. The counting is still going on... I really hope that whoever becomes president, there will NOT be any riots, terror, or anything like that... I'm very sorry that people get provoked so easily.

Steph, what do you mean by the civil war in Mali? Mali is another country, I haven't heard about them having a civil war, especially one that affects Indonesia... can you tell me more about it?

I always hope for peace in all places in the world.