Jakarta governor makes
annual grave visit

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo will pay a visit to the graves of prominent figures from Jakarta on Friday in an annual tradition to commemorate the city's anniversary.

Fauzi will visit the graves of Muhammad Husni Thamrin and Prince Jayakarta at the Karet Bivak Public Cemetery, Central Jakarta, and the compound of the As-Salafiyah Mosque on Jl. Jatinegara Kaum, East Jakarta, respectively, Cucu Ahmad Kurnia, the city's spokesman, told tempointeraktif.com.

Thamrin, a local leader, challenged Dutch occupation in the city in the early 19th century. The Ciliwung Canal was one of Thamrin's early achievements, suggested as a necessary development to the Dutch colonial administration.

Prince Jayakarta, otherwise known as Prince Akhmad Jaketra, was a son of Prince Sungerasa Jayawikarta of Banten and lived between 1619 and 1640. Modern-day Jakarta was then a province of the Kingdom of Banten.

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