The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

A decade on, Bali remembers bomb dead


Jimbaran (Bali): Over 1,000 Indonesians, Australians and others gathered at a simple and solemn ceremony at an open-air plaza here to remember the 202 who lost their lives in the Bali bombings 10 years ago.   

A light drizzle in the morning did not deter survivors who streamed in with scars that never fully healed, and victims' wives and children who carried portraits of loved ones.

But tight security and fears of an attempted attack by terrorists meant more than half the white-draped chairs put out for an expected 2,000 guests were empty.

Speaking at the ceremony, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said it was an occasion to strengthen a collective commitment "to fight extremism and intolerance in all its forms, to see to it that the voice of reason prevails against prejudice, and humanity prevails over hatred."