A small, dignified ceremony was held at the Australian Consulate in Denpasar on October 1 2009, to commemorate those who perished in terrorists attacks on that date at several locations in Bali in 2005.
Officiating was the Australian Consul-General in Bali, Lex Bartlem, with attendees including victim’s families, the Regent of Badung Anak Agung Gde Agung, Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika and the Deputy Chief of Police for Bali Brig. General Ketut Adria.
20 people died and scores were seriously injured in the 2005 bombings at restaurants Jimbaran Beach and Kuta.
Quoted in the Jakarta Post, Bali’s Governor said: “We are often reminded about the victims of the Bali bombings. I believe their spirits are still among us.” Adding: “We should support every effort to fight terrorism. Any act of terrorism should be fought by people around the globe.”
Governor Pastika also told those in attendance of the recent establishment of a Bali Crisis Center to confront any incidents in the future, including natural disaster.
The Center, together with an entire range of other steps put in place, have created a security situation in Bali determined to prevent or limit any future terrorists attacks and ensure the safety of island visitors.