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Jakarta celebrates festive Independence Day

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, August 18, 2019   /  06:17 am
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Visitors of Atlantis Water Adventures at Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta observer a giant flag-hoisting ceremony in the pool area on Saturday.(JP/Anggie Angela)

From an underwater flag-hoisting ceremony to competitions and food festivals, Jakarta celebrated Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day with a series of vibrant events. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan led a flag-hoisting ceremony on an artificial islet off Jakarta Bay on Saturday morning, which was attended thousands of city officials, city councillors, students and members of civil organizations. It was the first time the Jakarta administration held an Independence Day ceremony on Maju Beach, previously known as islet D. It previously held Independence Day ceremonies at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta. Anies explained he wanted the public to know that the new man-made islets were not exclusive to certain parties and that everyone could access them. “This land belongs to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” he said in his sp...