Netizens respond to Jakarta attack
The Jakarta Post
Following the terrorist attacks in Central Jakarta on Thursday, netizens quickly responded in interesting ways that later went viral on social media.
In some of the photos that are rapidly circulated on social media, street food vendors were pictured still conducting their usual activities even when the battle between the police and terrorists was ongoing. This includes a vendor who sold snacks to a member of the Indonesian Army (TNI) who was at the time securing the street in an armored car.
A food stall vendor named Jamal also became famous after a photo of him still grilling his satays during the attacks, which were situated not far away from the scene, went viral.
A photo showing street vendors who kept selling food and beverages around the scene also became popular. At about 12 p.m., the weather in Central Jakarta was quite hot and made people thirsty, hence it provided a good opportunity for the vendors to offer cold drinks to the curious people crowding near the scene.
Another picture that went viral showed police hiding behind a car as they were engaging in a battle with the terrorists, while fearless spectators could be seen watching the scene in the background, a scene more appropriate for an action film rather than an actual terrorist attack.
A hashtag #KamiTidakTakut (We are not afraid) also went viral, which served as a campaign to show that if the terrorists' main purpose was to create fear, it did not work.
According to kompas.com, a netizen, @rikatheo, shared her support using the hashtag by tweeting, "I told my prof abt the satay vendor. She said 'Fear has no place when one has to live on, I suppose.' Live on Indonesia. #KamiTidakTakut."
A foreigner named @blinque also reportedly shared: "I may not be Indonesian, but I applaud the Indonesian people and their spirit in the face of adversity #KamiTidakTakut".
On Friday, Jakarta reportedly recovered quickly with Jl. Thamrin being reopened and congestion occurring on some roads.
US-based coffee shop chain Starbucks also reopened its stores across the capital on Friday, aside from the one outlet that was attacked in the incident.
All branches of the worldwide coffee franchise in the city were shut on Thursday immediately after the series of attacks took place on Jl. MH Thamrin. (kes)
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