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GBK footbridge lights up in solidarity with Sri Lanka

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 23, 2019   /   04:01 pm
GBK footbridge lights up in solidarity with Sri Lanka The colors of the Sri Lankan flag light up the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) footbridge in Central Jakarta on Monday evening. (instagram/aniesbaswedan/-)

The Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) footbridge in Central Jakarta is displaying the colors of the Sri Lankan flag in a show of solidarity, following the Easter Sunday bombings that killed at least 310 people.

The GBK footbridge has been washed in yellow, green, orange and deep-red lighting since Monday evening.

The Sri Lankan flag features a yellow lion holding a sword against a maroon background, alongside green and orange vertical stripes in a yellow frame. 

"From last night, the Gelora footbridge will be lighted with the colors of the Sri Lankan flag for one week," Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan posted Tuesday on his Instagram account (@aniesbaswedan).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Duka Sri Lanka adalah duka kita semua...⁣ ⁣ Di hari Minggu, sebuah hari suci bagi umat Kristiani, di Hari Paskah, terjadi ledakan yang mematikan. Delapan ledakan!⁣ ⁣ Ya, delapan ledakan mengguncang kota Kolombo, ibukota Sri Lanka, dan dua kota lainnya. Brutal dan biadab!⁣ ⁣ Kita semua marah dan berduka. Tercatat sampai kini, 290 orang meninggal. Dan lebih dari 400 orang luka-luka. ⁣ ⁣ Kami mengutuk keras kebiadaban ini. Atas nama Pemprov DKI Jakarta dan masyarakat Ibukota, izinkan kami menyampaikan rasa duka amat mendalam. Pada Sri Lanka, pada Kolombo, pada tiap istri, suami, anak, ibu, ayah, dan keluarga dari tiap nyawa yang melayang. Dukamu adalah dukaku, adalah duka kita semua. ⁣ ⁣ Sejak semalam, JPO Gelora dinyalakan warna bendera Sri Lanka selama satu minggu. Sebagai penanda solidaritas Jakarta bersama saudara-saudara kita di Kolombo dan mendoakan semuanya bisa segera kembali pulih seperti sedia kala.⁣ ⁣ Pada saudara-saudara kami di Kolombo, tetaplah kuat, tetaplah tangguh dan tunjukkan bahwa dentuman ledakan hanya bisa menggetarkan dinding bangunan, tapi tak pernah bisa menggentarkan dinding jiwa dan semangat bangsa Sri Lanka.⁣ ⁣ Ya, Sri Lanka akan tetap kokoh, tangguh dan Jakarta berdiri tegak bersama Kolombo!⁣ ⁣ ⁣#abw ⁣ Foto 2 & 3: Reuters

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Anies' post said the gesture was "a sign of Jakarta's solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Colombo", and condemned the bombings in the Sri Lankan capital as well as two other cities in the  predominantly Buddhist country.

"We strongly condemn this barbarity," he wrote, and expressed heartfelt condolences for the victims on behalf of the Jakarta administration and all Jakartans: "Your grief is my grief, it is our grief."

Explosive devices were detonated at three churches, four hotels and a residence in Colombo, Batticalca and Negombo in a coordinated attack on April 21 that killed at least 310 people, including 31 foreign nationals, and injured at least 450, Sri Lankan authorities have said.

It was the first major attack on the island nation in the Indian Ocean  since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Jakarta also expressed its solidarity with New Zealand following the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15, illuminating three footbridges in the capital with the colors of the New Zealand flag, blue, red and white. (sau)