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Jakarta Post

Groups voice support for pluralism, unity

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya, Rusland Sangadji and Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:32 am

A series of terror attacks across the country, which has claimed dozens of innocent lives, may have shattered the hearts of many, but not the faith in a better tomorrow where people can live together despite religious differences.

At least that was the message of solidarity events held in several parts of the country following suicide bombings that hit three churches in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday, killing 18 people and injuring around 40 others.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people from a variety of civil groups gathered around the Arjuna Wiwaha monument in Central Jakarta to pray and hold a candlelit vigil to express their solidarity with the bomb victims.

The participants, many dressed in white, carried banners bearing the hashtag #DiamBukanPilihan (silence is not a choice) and “Stop involving children in terrorist crime”.

They chanted “Fight ter...