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Security Increased at U.S. Embassy & Consulates

U.S. Consulate in Bali Closed Temporarily Following Worldwide Protests Concerning ‘Innocence of Muslim’ Film

(9/24/2012) Worldwide protests against the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” were also felt in Indonesians with protests staged at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and that nation’s consulates in Medan and Surabaya.

Meanwhile in Bali, the U.S. Consular Agency on Jalan Hayum Wuruk was temporarily closed on Friday, September 21, 2012 and an extra police and military presence put in place in anticipation of any possible protests in Bali.

While protests and demonstrations did take place at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Jakarta, Medan, and Surabaya, there have been no protests or demonstrations in Bali.

Bali police have said they will continue with an extra police presence in Bali for an indefinite period of time.

“The increase in security measures at the American Consulate in Denpasar, Bali was in response to the escalation in demonstrations and protests that took place in Jakarta,” explained Hariadi, the spokesman for the Bali police.