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Safeguarding the Memory

Strong Security Presence Planned for Bali Bombing Commemoration Ceremonies on October 12, 2012

(9/16/2012) The State News Agency Antara reports that the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) are preparing to safeguard ceremonies scheduled in Bali to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bali Bombing on October 12, 2012.

The main focus of those commemorations will be an early morning ceremony at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) on Friday, October 12, 2012 attended by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The military commander of the 9th Udayana Military District headquartered in Bali, Major General Wisnu Bawa Tenaya, confirmed that both the police and military have been approached by the Australian government to coordinate security for the event.

He said soldiers trained in community outreach have already been deployed to villages in Bali to strengthen the first lie of defense in maintaining public security.

Tenaya called on the public, accommodation manager and innkeepers to report any suspicious individuals or activities to the authorities.

He confirmed that the army would be assisted by the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), government agencies and the public to activate local security. Traditional village security (pacalang) would also be deployed to keep the peace during the commemorative activities.

In addition to the ceremonies at GWK to be televised internationally, another ceremony will also be held at “Ground Zero” on Jalan Legian in Kuta, the scene of the bombing in 2002 that killed 202 people.