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Thousands attend memorial service for Bali bombing victims KUTA - More than 2,000 people gathered in an open-air amphitheater on Bali island on Sunday to remember the 202 people from 22 countries who were killed in last year's Bali bombings. Australian Prime Minister John Howard also attended the early morning service, which featured Christian hymns, Bible passages and popular songs. The names of the dead were read out.
"Yours is a loss that can never be recovered," Howard told the families of the victims. "We haven't forgotten you, we never will. Australia will never forget October 12, 2002." Representatives of the 22 nations which lost citizens in the attack lit candles in memory of the dead. They came from across the world, including Brazil, South Africa, Portugal, the United States, South Korea, Australia and Indonesia.
The blasts, blamed on the al-Qaida-linked regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, were the bloodiest terror attack since the Sept. 11, 2001, strikes against the United States. As the mourners left the cathedral-like amphitheater hewed out of a limestone hill, they passed photos of all the dead. Many cried and hugged.
"It's just so disappointing to see all the people who lost their lives. I can't get over it. They were just here for a good time," said Lincoln Filimaua, who lost his sister in the attacks. President Megawati Soekarnoputri did not attend the memorial event on the grounds that she was previously scheduled to meet visiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday in Jakarta.
Indonesia was represented by Minister for Political and Security affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Susilo vowed that Jakarta, which has been accused of being soft on terrorism, would bring to justice those still wanted in the attack. "These diabolical men and their friends of evil simply have no place in our society," he said to applause. "They belong in our darkest dungeon."
Hundreds of police guarded the Garuda Wisnu Cultural Park, where the ceremony was held. The complex, dominated by huge statues of the Hindu God Wisnu and the mythical Garuda bird, overlooks the tourist playground of Jimbaran beach.



Posted in General @ 12 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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