'We are not afraid': Indonesians unite against terrorism after Jakarta attacks

Indonesian activists shout slogans and hold a banner reading "We are not afraid" in front the site of a bombing in Jakarta.
Indonesian activists shout slogans and hold a banner reading "We are not afraid" in front the site of a bombing in Jakarta.PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - Indonesians are uniting behind the slogan Kami Tidak Takut (We are not afraid), refusing to be cowed by coordinated terrorist attacks on Jakarta on Thursday which killed seven people and injured 20 others.

Chanting "Kami tidak takut" and singing the national anthem, "Indonesia Raya", about 100 people dressed in white marched from the Sarinah shopping centre to the Starbucks coffee shop at the Skyline Building, ground zero of the attacks, on Friday (Jan 15) afternoon.

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.

They placed flowers and prayed at the sites in Central Jakarta.

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," she 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.

The solidarity has also spread on social media through the hashtag #KamiTidakTakut.