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Hundreds Pray at the Beach and March to Ground Zero to Pray on Saturday November 2.


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(11/4/2002)

On Saturday, November 02, 2002, Bali residents and visitors gathered on Kuta Beach, opposite the Hard Rock Hotel for a late afternoon of prayers, speeches, and music in memory of the 184 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack of Legian-Kuta on October 12th. The event – part of "A Thousand Steps to Bali" program to rebuild tourism eventually drew by its end an estimated 1,000 participants.

Starting in the late afternoon at 4 p.m., an initial group gathered on Kuta beach to hear words from tourism officials, prayers by Hindu and Moslem leaders, and inspiration songs including a contribution by Indonesian rock sensation - Nugie.

Taking advantage of special rates extended by Garuda Indonesia, - a large contingent of Jakarta celebrities flew to Bali to participate in the commemoration ceremony including Mr. Fikri Jufri, the founding editor of TEMPO Magazine; Mr. Setyanto P. Santoso, the chief of Tourism and Culture Promotion Board; and Mr. I Gede Ardika, Minister of Culture and Tourism for the Republic.

The afternoon began with Hindu chants and a prayer from Hindu priest. A proclamation reaffirming Bali as an "island of peace" and condemning the violent attack of 12th October was read by a group of national celebrities and representatives of local youth organizations in Bali.

Also included was a brief sermon by Aa Gymastiar, a well known Islamic television preacher, who called for solidarity and unity between all religious groups in the nation in confronting the tragedy of just 3 weeks earlier.

Police closed the streets from the beach to the bomb site, a distance of more than 1 kilometer, to allow the participants to undertake a solemn march led by a brass ensemble from Bali's Udayana University. At the scene of the devastation more prayers were offered and a candlelight vigil commenced as the sun set over the island.

Ground ZeroWorshippers at Ground Zero

Hare Krishna followersGround Zero view from Sari ClubRock Star NugieMade WijayaBand at Ground ZeroMoslem SpeakerMr. Fikri JufriMr. Gde Pitana & Putu AntaraMoslem SpeakerBandInside the Sari ClubPacalang Official


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