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Remembering the Dead and the Demons

October 12, 2002 Terrorist Attack Remembered in Bali and Australia.

(10/17/2009) The seventh anniversary of the murderous attack on several Indonesian night spots on October 12, 2002, was marked with a ceremony held Monday, October 12, 2009, at the Australian Consulate in downtown Denpasar.

That attack killed 202 people, 88 of whom were Australian nationals. This year's commemoration was the first held following the execution of the three men convicted of perpetrating the attack and the recent killing by police of the Malaysian, Noordin M. Top, thought to be the mastermind of a years' long reign of terror.

On the same day, a short distance away on the streets of Kuta, other mourners gathered at the "Ground Zero Monument" to pay their respects. There, around 70 people offered prayers for all the dead, many of whom were Indonesian nationals.

Prayers for the dead and praise for the Indonesian government which has stayed the course in its war on terrorism were a central theme of both Bali gatherings.

A parallel event was held on Sydney's Coogee Beach, allowing friends, families and survivors to gather and commemorate fallen comrades.