The Jakarta Post
Voicing a slogan of #KamiTidakTakut (We are not afraid), a solidarity message channeled through social media, a group of people placed flowers and prayed at terrorist attack sites on Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Friday afternoon. They boldly expressed the refusal to be cowed by the attacks.
This act of solidarity was organized by a group of people concerned about the terrorist attack that killed seven people and wounded 17 others. About 100 people dressed all in white marched from the Sarinah shopping center to the Starbucks coffee shop at the Skyline Building, one of the crime scenes, chanting "Kami tidak takut" and singing the national anthem, 'Indonesia Raya'.
The eldest daughter of late president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, Alissa Qotrunnada Munawaroh Rahman, philosopher and Catholic priest Franz Magnis-Suseno and political and human rights activist Fadjroel Rachman were among those present.
Fadjroel said in a speech that the movement aimed to show that the Indonesians were not afraid.
"We condemn the violence and condemn anyone who uses the name of religion to kill others," said Fadjroel. "We will fight them. We are not afraid," he added.
Alissa Wahid applauded the quick response of the government and the police and the immediate restoration of calm. "Do not allow the seeds of intolerance to disturb our country," Alissa said.
Noted lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis added that fighting terrorism was not the responsibility only of the police and the military but of everyone. "If we can increase solidarity we can mitigate terrorism," he said.
Meanwhile on social media, hashtags #KamiTidakTakut remains the trending topic worldwide. (bbn)
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