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BALI UPDATE #1033 - 20 June 2016

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Temple Destruction
Batu Belig Temple At Risk of Toppling into the Sea Following Destructive Wave Action

Large waves washing ashore in Bali over the past few weeks have caused substantial property damage in locations around the Island due to erosion of the shoreline.

As reported by, one of the places showing acute shore destruction is Batu Belig Beach at Pura Bias Saud - a temple located at Loloan Yeh Poh. The entire temple at risk of toppling over with much of its foundation now undermined by wave action.

le is privately owned by Kerobokan resident A.A. Ngurha Putra.

The owner of the temple has said that he is waiting for the current season of extremely high waves to subside before attempting any repairs on  the structure.

The large waves have also caused severe damage to nearby lifeguard stations.

8-Meters Above the Law
Long-Delayed Crystal Resort on the Bay Project Given Building Permit Despite Numerous Outstanding Zoning and Building Code Infractions

The long-delayed and highly controversial Crystal Resort on the Bay, Nusa Dua that was sealed by Badung Regency officials for a failure to obtain the necessary building permits and a whole range of supposed building and zoning violations, has finally been issued a building permit by the Badung Regency Licensing Agency.

It is not clear in granting the building permit how the licensing agency addressed reports that the hotel project exceeds maximum height restrictions by 8 meters, violates setback rules and infringes on a protected mangrove area.

The chief of the Badung Enforcement Agency (Satpol PP), I Ketut Martha, told on Friday, June 17, 2016 that the seal placed on the gate of the project has now been removed by Badung Regency Licensing Agency (BPPT).

"At this time the Crystal Hotel project has received a building permit (IMB) from the BPPT allowing the seals to be removed so work can resume on the building," said Martha.

Although the seals have been removed, Martha was quick to note that the Crystal Hotel Project can only continue if it follows all the established rules and the mechanism put in place by the Badung Regency. He said this includes addressing all the previous violations discovered in the then unlicensed project.

"We will be monitoring the project together with the technical team. We hope that the investors will not commit any further violations," he added.

The head of the Badung Licensing Agency, Made Sutama, confirmed that his office had issued an IMB for The Crystal On the Bay, Nusa Dua Project in order to permit the investor to complete the hotel. Adding: "We have published a permit for the hotel despite their violations because the investor has followed the mechanisms and rules set by the Government. The permit was issued based on the project's plans and technical-administrative considerations."

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It Takes a Village
Royal Tulip Visesa in Ubud Opens July 1, 2016

The soft opening of Royal Tulip Visesa Ubud is set for July 1, 2016.

Managed by Louvre Group, the property covers 6.5 hectares of once prime rural landscape and has been designed to create a traditional Balinese village ambient that is in harmony with the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation at Royal Tulip Visesa Ubud is a collection of 66 Pool Villas and 40 Suites scattered across the resort and connected by a series of winding pathways. All suites are located in a separate three-storey wing with jungle or rice field views. Elegantly appointed one and two bedroom villas are also available.

A number of supporting facilities are set to open over the coming months. Padi Restaurant will offer an Indonesian fine dining experiences in an uplifting setting overlooking the valley. It will feature a menu driven entirely by fresh ingredients that have been grown on site at Royal Tulip Visesa Ubud.

The resort's spa will offer a menu of holistic spa services will use natural products to promote body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. The spa will also be complemented by a range of wellness practices including yoga, meditation and a local style of tai chi.

The launch of Royal Tulip Visesa Ubud involves a pioneering hospitality concept known as Desa Visesa offering guests a comprehensive array of cultural, wellness and farming experiences based on Bali's traditional heritage and ceremonial way of life.

At the resort, Desa Visesa will provide uplifting activities to take curious guests on a journey that explores the island's culture, nature, and spiritual nuance through respectful interactions with the local community. Engaging pastimes such as making offerings, dance lessons and water blessing ceremonies will enable guests to experience Bali's traditions on a more personal level. There's also a choice of insightful activities like rice field treks and cycling excursions as well as guided tours to local sites of interest.

Let Baygon be Baygon
Australian Government Warns of Risk of Zika Virus for Those Visiting Indonesia. Indonesian Health Officials Deny Any Presence of the Virus.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that pregnant women Australia are being warned to postpone planned trips to Indonesia after the confirmation of sporadic cases of infection by the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Part of a worldwide outbreak of Zika, the virus is linked to the birth defect microcephaly that results in babies born with compromised health and abnormally small heads.

On June 17, 2016, the Australian government Smart Traveler Website warned people traveling to Indonesia to protect themselves against mosquito bites. The Australian government says it advises all travelers to Indonesia to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

The warning stated: "Given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia."

Meanwhile, Indonesian Health Ministry officials are vehemently denying the Australian reports regarding the spread of the Zika virus in Bali.

Quoted by, Oscar Primadi of the Indonesian Health Ministry said, "Indonesia is not endemic to Zika and that “Indonesia is also not an infected area."

Primadi’s statement was made on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The Health Ministry official confirmed a single case of Zika in Indonesia that affected a citizen of Edinburgh in 2015. He said there is no laboratory proof of a single case of Zika existing in Indonesia at this time.

Addressing the report of Zika found in a Blitar resident transiting Taiwan, that tests conducted in Blitar have yet to reveal an infestation of the Zika virus anywhere in Indonesia.

Prostitution Exposed at Denpasar Spa
Jawa Pos Investigative Team Exposes Spa Operating as an Illicit Sex Joint in Downtown Denpasar

In a report on the excesses brought on by mass tourism and the appalling lack of control by local enforcement agencies in Bali, reports that the Praja Spa on Jalan Tukad VIII, No. 15 in Renon, Denpasar is blatant in offering illicit "added touches" for its male customers.

The management of the spa is reportedly promoting "happy ending" spa treatments on the social media in what is said to be successful advertising campaigns using scantily clad young women featured as spa therapists.

Located only a short distance from the center of Bali's capital of Denpasar, the Praja Spa was visited by an investigative team from Bali Express (Jawa Pos Group) where receptionists at the Spa welcomed them warmly and outlined the range of "spa treatments" available.

One receptionist. named Gus, on Wednesday evening June 15, 2016, said," With our Rp. 600,000 packet the packet can be 'performed.'" Bali Express interpreted this to mean massage with "plus-plus" sexual services performed by an attractive therapist on a bed.

The reception staff at the Praja Spa went on to describe to the undercover team of journalists the services offered by the spa, "The cheapest packet is Rp. 600,000 and includes two bottles of beer and certainly includes 'ehem' with a beautiful therapist." What's more, the receptionist went on to assure that guest will be comfortable and safe during their special service session, adding: "We can guarantee there will be no police raid or other disturbance. This place is owned by a cousin of the Kapolda (provincial chief of police.)"

The staff member did not mention which provincial chief of police has an interest in the Spa.

Gus went on to describe the beauty of the spa therapists that he said numbered 17 women. "Most of the therapists are from Bali," he said.

The loquacious Gus, described in detail how therapists escorts guests to a swimming pool located within the building. "In the pool there is a 'sensation' before you go to the bed for a massage," he added.

Guests at the spa also have the option of joining a karaoke session before enjoying a massage.

An unnamed former customer of the spa who had enjoyed a "happy ending" during a past visit said guests are allowed to make a selection from the available therapists before being led to the swimming pool. The customer praised the services of the spa, saying the company used a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) to ensure consistent service.

Determined to satisfy their customers, the Praja Spa also offers a money-back-guarantee to any dissatisfied clients.

Gus told the undercover reporter that due to the popularity of the spa, advance reservations are always recommended.

While the main Facebook page for the Praja Spa has been edited since the newspaper report was publised, a related site registered under the Spa's marketing officer Ega Pradnya includes packages offering nude massage and details on the type of sexual gratification offered.(See image).

Police and Municipal Enforcement Officers have yet to take action against the Spa.

Continental Safety
European Union Adds Citilink, Batik Air and Lion Air to 'Safe List' of Indonesian Carriers Allowed to Fly to Europe

The European Transportation Commission has removed flight bans that have barred Citilink, Batik Air and Lion Air from operating over European airspace.

Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Mandala and Premier airlines were not included in the long-standing black list restricting Indonesian airlines from flying in Europe.

As reported by, with their removal from the list of banned carriers the there are now four Indonesian airlines cleared to fly over and into European destinations.

The change in aviation policy was announced by the Ambassador for the European Union in Indonesia, Vincent Geurend in a press conference in Jakarta on Friday, June 17, 2016.

Permanently Grounded
Two Local Businessmen Purchase Grounded Aircraft Lion Air 737 for Permanent Grounded Exhibit in Bali

NusaBali reports that many residents on the roads connecting Surabaya in East Java with Bali were started to see a truck slowly making their way carrying large sections of the fuselage of a Boeing 737 jet aircraft to its new home in the Village of Keramas along Bali's Byapss Road.

Many citizens, shocked at seeing the aircraft, thought it had perhaps fallen from the sky. Soon, the social media network was awash with pictures and news of the plane's progress on it land route to Bali.

The plane, carried on a flatbed truck from Surabaya's Juanda Airport, when reassembled will measure 38.6 meters long, have a fuselage that is 4 meters wide a wingspan of 36 meters and a height of 1.8 meters.

The plane was purchased from Lion Air by two businessmen, Budi Guatama and Made Abdi Negara, for Rp. 3 billion, a mere fraction of its original price when new of Rp. 950 billion.

The trip by road from Surabaya to Bali took four days and three nights, a trip when airborne that would have taken the plane around 40 minutes to complete.

The new owners of the aircraft say they plan to use the airplane, once reassembled in Bali, for educational purposes to formalize the public with aviation.

The owners remain vague on one proposed final use of the plane, perhaps as a restaurant.

Processed and Poisonous
Dangerous Additives Found In Food Sold from Food Stalls at Bali Arts Festival

NusaBali reports that the Denpasar Food and Drug Administration (BBPOM) conducted surprise inspections on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the food stands operated in conjunction with the 38th Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar.

Preliminary results revealed traces of dangerous substances with formalin found in fish satay and borax in krupuk crackers.

"These investigative raids were conducted on the direct order of Bali's Governor. A total of 32 foods samples taken from 11 food stands were examined by our mobile screening unit," explained the chief of BBPOM-Denpasar, Endang Widowati.

Formalin was only found in the satay sold by one stand and borax in kerupuk sold by two stands. The items were removed for further examination at the central laboratory of the BBPOM.

The BBPOM officials purchased all the kerupuk showing borax contamination to prevent its distribution to the public and ordered the satay stand to remove its items from sale.

The officials warned that food additives such as formalin, borax and Rhodamin B (a dye for clothing) have been linked to cancer cases that can occur 5-10 years after their consumption.

Festival officials said that stands found to be selling items with dangerous additives would receive reprimands ranging from a verbal scolding, written warnings and possible eviction from their food stand at the Arts Festival.

Sands of Time
Nusa Dua Urged to Replenish Sand Washed Away by Large Waves

Bali's Rivers and Seashore Agency is recommending that the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) continuously deposit sand along the beaches of Nusa Dua to address sand washed away by abrasive wave action.

As reported by DenPost, the depositing of new sand is viewed as an effective response while awaiting international aid to assist land preservation efforts expected in 2019.

Putu Edi Purna Wijaya of the Rivers and Seashore Agency (Balai Wilayah Sungai Bali Penida) said: "If we wait, I am worried the sand will all wash away. We need to replace the sand that has washed away."

Edi said the replenishment of sand would reduce the effects of the current abrasion, suggesting that ITDC coordinate the replenishment with the hotels contained within the Nusa Dua Complex.

Edi said one of the challenges remaining is where to source the sand that can be used to at Nusa Dua. The sand standing at Merta Sari in Sanur is not sufficient to replace the sand needed at Nusa Dua.

Care must also be exercised not to damage coral along Bali's beaches. It is something of a fact of the ecological cycle that sand washed away from a beach returns in about 10 years, perhaps in a slightly reduced quantity. If this occurs there is a chance that the excess of sand caused by replenishment could eventually submerge and destroy surrounding coral reefs.

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They Have to be Carefully Taught
Bali Military Command Denies Any Plans to Provide Arms Training to Gang Members

The spokesman of the 9th Udayana Military Command in Bali has denied reports circulating in the press that members of criminal gangs in Bali will be given arms training.

As reported by, the rebuttal was issued by the Udayana Military spokesperson on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, via a press statement trying to set the record straight on plans to provide training for former and current mass organization members.

The press statement said that plans to conduct national defense training for certain members of the public do not include training in the use of firearms. Continuing, the statement said that whether you prefer to call those undergoing such training as thugs or gang members, there is no plan or intention to provide firearms training.

Plans are for the Udayana Military Command to provide national defense training in 2016 to High School and University students. The training will be provided under National law Number 3 or 2002 on National Defense, Law Number 34 or 2004 on National Defense and a decree issued by the Udayana Military Commander on December 28, 2015.

The training program is intended to instill the younger generation with a love of country and improve their mental and physical discipline, without the involvement of arms training.

The Coming Volley
Indonesia Preparing to Execute 18 Prisoners After Lebaran and 30 More in 2017

Indonesia is gearing up to recommence the execution of prisoners who are sitting on death row and have exhausted all legal avenue of appeal.

The Attorney General’s Office recently announced before the National House of Representatives that funds have been allocated for the execution of 18 convicts after the 2016 Idul Fitri Holidays and another 30 in 2017. The declaration has effectively extinguished hopes that Indonesia would side-step the convening of firing squads on the Nusakambangan prison Island in Central Java in favor of allowing convicted prisoners to simply sit behind bars and contemplate their fate.

The planned executions, perhaps taking place as early as July, will represent the third round of executions since Joko Widodo has assumed office.

A number of foreigners are included among the some 134 prisoners current under a sentence of death for crimes ranging from narcotics offenses, murder, and terrorism.

Once the appeal process is finished, prisoners are only given 72 hours notice before being led before a firing squad of 12 police officers.

Garden of Earthly Despair
Villa Complex Gardner Commits Suicide in Sanur, Bali

The normally peaceful atmosphere at the Parigata Villas on Jalan Duyung in Sanur, Bali was shattered on Monday, June 13, 2016, when the body of a gardener was found hanging in a pump room.

As reported by, guests and staff were panicked at 9:30 am when it became known that gardener Wayan Rauh (35) had apparently hung himself at his place of employment.

When the gardener’s body was found he was wearing his green work uniform.

An engineer at the Villas told police that Rauh’s body was found inside the locked pump room when he was forced to gain access the room to repair an electrical fault.

He immediately reported the discovery to the Villa’s security who confirmed the gardener was dead and immediately contacted the police.

His co-workers described Rauh as a quiet man who seldom communicated with his co-workers. The motive for the presumed suicide remains under investigation.

Peddling Pseudo Science
Indonesian Government Condemns Linkage Between High Waves and Earthquakes as a Hoax

The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) has dismissed the speculation of “pseudo-scientists” trying to link a June 9, 2016, 6.3 Richter scale earthquake hundreds of kilometers southeast of Bali to a series of large waves that have swept over the Bali in recent weeks.

As reported by Jakarta Globe, BPPT has denied reports by those trying to make a causal link between large waves and earthquakes as “rumor” - best left in the category of pseudo science.

BPPT says that earthquakes can cause tidal waves and tsunamis, but there is no proof to demonstrate that earthquakes are caused by waves.

The website and at least one Sanur-based villa blogger have tried to erroneously link earthquakes as resulting from high waves.

Referring to the website Widjo Kongko of BPPT said on June 18, 2016, “The article is a hoax. Tidal waves at sea have no direct connection with the earthquake.” Widjo links the tidal waves that have buffeted Bali as the result of cyclones and high tides resulting from celestial alignment.

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Conduct Unbecoming Any Man
Ranking Police Office from Klungkung Now in Custody in Years-Long Sexual Molestation of an Under-Aged Girl reports that a warrant office with the rank of police sub-inspector (Aiptu) from the Klungkung Regency Police Precinct has been formally named as a suspect in the sexual molestation of a 17 year-old girl.

The crime took place over the past 4-5 years, including a period in which the child was employed by the Suspect as a domestic servant.

The spokesman for the Bali Police Command, Hery Wiyanto, said on Friday, June 17, 2016, “Based on the results of an examination and investigation by the Criminal Division, a policeman of the sub-inspector rank IKA (initials) has been named as a Suspect.”

The director of the Criminal Division at Bali Police Headquarters, Herry Santoso, said his office hold evidence needed to charge IKA with the crime of the sexual molestation of a child.

In order to assist the investigative process, the officer is being held at police headquarters in Denpasar. The subject officer has been temporarily suspended from the Police for the duration of the investigation.

Rules of the Game
Bali Hotel and Restaurant Association to Assist Members in Class Action Suit Against PT Nonbar reports that the chairman of the Bali Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali), Cokorda Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) has confirmed that as many as 24-starred hotels in Bali will join a class action suit against PT Nonbar – a company claiming to hold exclusive broadcast rights in Bali for the last World Cup in 2014.

PT Nonbar is involved in various civil actions before the courts against a number of hotels in Bali seeking compensation for an alleged unlicensed presentation of the 2014 World Cup to their guests.

One suit filed by PT Nonbar against Alila Hotel seeking Rp. 2.5 billion in damages saw the Commercial Court in Surabaya rule in the plaintiff’s favor. “The suit was won by PT Nonbar. But, the Alila Hotel Bali is appealing to the high court. Meanwhile, there are 7 other hotels involved in similar cases before the Surabaya Commercial Court. So, if the Alila Hotel loses its appeal process, the other hotels will be easily brought before the Surabaya Court. For this reasons, the PHRI will help facilitate for all its members involved in this case to undertake a class-action suit,” explained Cok Ace.

According to Cok Ace, among the 7 hotels involved in a case with PT Nonbar in Surabaya are the Risata Hotel, Conrad, Puri Santrian, Four Seasons, Peninsula and Grand Aston Tanjung Benoa.

The essence of the suit filed by PT Nonbar is that their exclusive franchise on the public exhibition of the 2014 World Cup in Bali was violated by a number of Bali hotels. Cok Ace maintains that many hotels merely showed the matches on TVs operating in restaurants and bars via free broadcasts offered on Indonesian TV. Cok Ace added: “If, for instance, they (the hotels) held joint showing in buildings, open fields, sold tickets and sold merchandise – maybe the claim of broadcast right infringement can be defended. But this is more a matter of a hotel facility using free channels on TV. How can this be a violation of a broadcast right? If that is the case, the public, families or community banjars gathering together to watch the World Cup should also be considered to have committed a violation. What's the purpose of TV One or ANTV broadcasting the World Cup?”

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International Yoga Day Draws More than 3,000 People to Downtown Denpasar on Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Consulate-General of India welcomed more than 3,000 enthusiastic participants a celebration of International Yoga Day held at the Puputan Field in Niti Mandala Margarana in downtown Denpasar on Sunday morning, June 19, 2016.

As reported by, participants began to gather at 5:30 am coming from every walk of the Island’s diversified community. The second time that the International Yoga Day has been celebrated in Bali, members of the diplomatic community attended the event at which Bali’s deputy-governor Ketut Sudikerta presided.

Recognized by the United Nations, 175 countries have embraced a resolution adopted by the General Assembly on December 11, 2014 supporting International Yoga Day that set aside June 21st each year as a date to celebrate the many benefits to be derived by yoga participation. To facilitate maximum participation in Bali, International Yoga Day was moved to a Sunday, two days before the official date established by the United Nations.

Opening remarks delivered on behalf of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the worldwide support of International Yoga Day is a manifestation of “Vasudeva Kutumbakam” or “the world as a single family.” He also emphasized the importance of Yoga as a means of fighting chronic illness and its practice and a means of creating spiritual energy.

The morning in Renon opened with a session of prayer and meditation, followed by a 45-minute session of the Common Yoga Protocol – the basic Yoga movements attainable by those involved in an early practice.

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Keeping our Policemen Sharp!
Bali Police Bust Fellow Officers without Licenses and with Scruffy Personal Grooming

The internal affairs department and the Badung Regency Police conducted surprise inspections of the law enforcement officers coming and going from the police Station on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong in Canggu, North Kuta.

As reported by NusaBali, the inspection netted three active service police officers with expired drivers licenses and two other officers with hair length longer than that allowed under police protocols.

The head of internal affairs for the Badung Regency, I Made Darta, said that the 3 officers with expired licenses received an unspecified on site disciplinary action and were presumably ordered to apply immediately for a new license. Meanwhile, the two officers with long hair were ordered to visit a nearby barbershop and report for a follow up inspection.

The internal affairs division said more sudden inspections are planned to keep all officers on the strait and narrow.

Sacrilege that Offends an Entire Island
Village Chief from Karangasem on Trial for Steeling Temple Restoration Funds

I Gede Astawa, also known as Dek Tawa (46), the traditional village head (Kelian Adat) of the village of Tiyingtali, Abang, Karangasem is now appearing before a special corruption court in Denpasar answering for the corruption of Rp. 171 million in funds allocated by the government for repair and construction at a village temple.

It is a sad commentary on a general decline in Balinese society that stealing from a religious project can occur at all. In times past, a firm belief in God, the certainty of divine retribution (karma pala) and the fear of being absolutely ostracized by one's community would make a crime involving funds intended for a temple’s upkeep unthinkable.

As reported by Radar Bali, Dek Tawa is charged with making fictitious accounts reporting on the use of Rp. 55 million disbursed to his village in 2011, Rp. 55 million in 2012 and a further Rp. 55 million in 2013. The Court is claiming the village head used the money for personal enrichment and filed false reports on how the money was used.

Not satisfied with his illicit theft of public funds, Dek Tawa requested Rp.100 million from the Provincial government in 2013 that was paid to the village account in 2014. Prosecutors claim the last allocation was also used for personal gain and not for the declared purpose.

Prior to his most recent run-in with the law, Gede Astawa was imprisoned for two years for the misappropriation of funds paid to the village by the Karangasem Water Board (PDAM-Karangasem) for water taken from the village irrigation system (subak).

The time in prison in connection with the current case are expected to be more severe than the earlier sentence that sent the father of three to prison for two years.

The Kelian Adat’s trial for Dek Tawa continues in Denpasar with the presentation of witnesses and an impending call for sentences by Public Prosecutors.

Garuda Doodle Dandy
Garuda Indonesia Plans to Fly to USA in 2017

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced plans to resume flights to the USA in 2017, once certified as meeting category-one air safety standards of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Arif Wibowo, said on Wednesday, June 15, 2016: “Next year we will try (to fly to the USA) because it is part of our five year plan. If we can go sooner, we will.”

Arif said there is a potential market of 400,000 passengers a years from the USA market to Indonesia.

He said the USA destinations with the greatest potential for Indonesian tourism are Los Angeles and New York.

Adding, “Los Angeles alone has the potential for 120,000 passengers and New York has been examined and has an even greater potential.”

The flight will transit at Narita, Japan and be flown by Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft.

“We would like direct flights, but that is not yet possible, so the option is to transit Narita, Japan,” he said.

In a separate forum, the Director-General of Air Communications for the Ministry of Transportation said the results of a FAA safety audit would be published at the latest in July. Government aviation authorities are optimistic that the FAA will issue a report favorable of Garuda Indonesia’s operations.

They Shall Not be Moved
ForBali Protestors Stage Another Mass Demonstration Against Reclamation of Benoa Bay, Vowing Recent Physical Attacks Will not Deter their Protests reports that dating from Saturday, June 18, 2016, the youth from three traditional villagers prepared to join the nation-wide solidarity protests in opposition to the reclamation of Benoa Bay.

The three traditional villages (desa Pakraman) joining the list of villages, now numbering more than 100 local communities, are Pedungan, Kepaon and Pemogan. In preparation of the weekend protest the young men of the above villages, all clad in traditional Balinese costumes, were busy installing banners at the intersection of Catus Pata in Pedungan and unfurling hundreds of ForBALI flags.

On Sunday, June 20, 2016, the latest installment in a series of mass protests against the Benoa Bay reclamation project commenced with a long-march from the Ambengan Pedungan Banjar to Catus Pata in Pesanggaran.

Before the long-march started at 2:00 pm, thousands of protesting Balinese headed for Jalan Raya Diponegoro and the Village of Pedungan. An estimated crowd of 20,000 protestors eventually gathered at the starting point. Before the march began, spirited speeches were presented rejecting the reclamation project with the representatives from the many villagers taking turns to add their statements of rejection for the plans by Indonesian businessman Tommy Winata to covert once-protected mangrove forests into reclaimed land for a housing and tourism center.

The village chief of Pedungan, Gusti Putu Budiarta, blamed recent flooding of areas surround Tanjung Benoa on conditions that will, in his opinion, only be made worse by plana to reclaim Benoa Bay. Budiarta called on President Joko Widodo to reject the Benoa Bay reclamation approved by Widodo’s predecessor.

Speaking before the crowd, the coordinator of ForBALI, Wayan Gendo Suardana, said that the movement in opposition to the reclamation project would not be intimidated by the recent physical attacks by plain-clothes officials at the Bali Arts Festival opening parade. Insisting those behind ForBALI will not be deterred, Gendo said: “If one activist from ForBALI is beaten, ten-thousand more will flood the protests to reject the reclamation of Benoa Bay. This movement will not retreat a single step.”

Gendo also complained of delaying tactics by the police in accepting and processing requests for mass protests meeting, terming these delays as attempts to contravene free speech in Bali.

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Bali Update #988
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Bali Update #980
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Bali Update #978
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April 20, 2015

Bali Update #971
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Bali Update #970
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Bali Update #969
March 30, 2015

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Bali Update #967
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Bali Update #966
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Bali Update #965
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Bali Update #964
February 23, 2015

Bali Update #963
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Bali Update #962
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Bali Update #961
February 02, 2015

Bali Update #960
January 26, 2015

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Bali Update #955
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Bali Update #954
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Bali Update #952
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Bali Update #931
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Bali Update #930
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Bali Update #929
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Bali Update #927
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Bali Update #926
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Bali Update #925
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Bali Update #924
May 19, 2014

Bali Update #923
May 12, 2014

Bali Update #922
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Bali Update #921
April 28, 2014

Bali Update #920
April 21, 2014

Bali Update #919
April 14, 2014

Bali Update #918
April 07, 2014

Bali Update #917
March 30, 2014

Bali Update #916
March 24, 2014

Bali Update #915
March 17, 2014

Bali Update #914
March 10, 2014

Bali Update #913
March 03, 2014

Bali Update #912
February 24, 2014

Bali Update #911
February 17, 2014

Bali Update #910
February 10, 2014

Bali Update #909
February 03, 2014

Bali Update #908
January 27, 2014

Bali Update #907
January 20, 2014

Bali Update #906
January 13, 2014

Bali Update #905
January 06, 2014

Bali Update #904
December 30, 2013

Bali Update #903
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Bali Update #902
December 15, 2013

Bali Update #901
December 09, 2013

Bali Update #900
December 02, 2013

Bali Update #899
November 25, 2013

Bali Update #898
November 18, 2013

Bali Update #897
November 11, 2013

Bali Update #896
November 04, 2013

Bali Update #895
October 28, 2013

Bali Update #894
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Bali Update #893
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Bali Update #892
October 07, 2013

Bali Update #891
September 30, 2013

Bali Update #890
September 23, 2013

Bali Update #889
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Bali Update #888
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Bali Update #887
September 02, 2013

Bali Update #886
August 26, 2013

Bali Update #885
August 19, 2013

Bali Update #884
August 12, 2013

Bali Update #883
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Bali Update #882
July 29, 2013

Bali Update #881
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Bali Update #880
July 15, 2013

Bali Update #879
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Bali Update #878
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Bali Update #877
June 24, 2013

Bali Update #876
June 16, 2013

Bali Update #875
June 10, 2013

Bali Update #874
June 03, 2013

Bali Update #873
May 27, 2013

Bali Update #872
May 20, 2013

Bali Update #871
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Bali Update #870
May 06, 2013

Bali Update #869
April 29, 2013

Bali Update #868
April 22, 2013

Bali Update #867
April 15, 2013

Bali Update #866
April 08, 2013

Bali Update #865
April 01, 2013

Bali Update #864
March 25, 2013

Bali Update #863
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Bali Update #862
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Bali Update #861
March 04, 2013

Bali Update #860
February 25, 2013

Bali Update #859
February 18, 2013

Bali Update #858
February 11, 2013

Bali Update #857
February 04, 2013

Bali Update #856
January 28, 2013

Bali Update #855
January 21, 2013

Bali Update #854
January 14, 2013

Bali Update #853
January 07, 2013

Bali Update #852
December 31, 2012

Bali Update #851
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Bali Update #850
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Bali Update #849
December 10, 2012

Bali Update #848
December 03, 2012

Bali Update #847
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Bali Update #846
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Bali Update #845
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Bali Update #844
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Bali Update #843
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Bali Update #842
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Bali Update #841
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Bali Update #839
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Bali Update #839
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Bali Update #834
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Bali Update #831
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Bali Update #831
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Bali Update #829
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Bali Update #828
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Bali Update #827
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Bali Update #826
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Bali Update #820
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Bali Update #819
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Bali Update #814
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Bali Update #810
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Bali Update #807
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Bali Update #806
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Bali Update #805
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Bali Update #804
january 30, 2012

Bali Update #803
january 23, 2012

Bali Update #802
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Bali Update #801
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Bali Update #798
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Bali Update #797
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Bali Update #796
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November 21, 2011

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Bali Update #793
November 14, 2011

Bali Update #792
November 04, 2011

Bali Update #791
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Bali Update #790
October 24, 2011

Bali Update #789
October 17, 2011

Bali Update #788
October 14, 2011

Bali Update #787
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Bali Update #786
October 03, 2011

Bali Update #785
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Bali Update #784
September 19, 2011

Bali Update #783
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Bali Update #782
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Bali Update #781
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Bali Update #780
August 22, 2011

Bali Update #779
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Bali Update #778
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Bali Update #777
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July 25, 2011

Bali Update #775
July 18, 2011

Bali Update #774
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Bali Update #773
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Bali Update #772
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Bali Update #771
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Bali Update #770
June 13, 2011

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June 06, 2011

Bali Update #768
May 30, 2011

Bali Update #767
May 23, 2011

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May 16, 2011

Bali Update #765
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Bali Update #762
April 18, 2011

Bali Update #761
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Bali Update #760
April 4, 2011

Bali Update #759
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Bali Update #758
March 21, 2011

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March 14, 2011

Bali Update #756
March 7, 2011

Bali Update #755
February 28, 2011

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February 21, 2011

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February 14, 2011

Bali Update #752
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Bali Update #751
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Bali Update #750
January 24, 2011

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January 10, 2011

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January 3, 2011

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Bali Update #745
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Bali Update #743
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Bali Update #731
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Bali Update #719
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Bali Update #718
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Bali Update #717
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Bali Update #716
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Bali Update #715
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Bali Update #714
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Bali Update #713
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Bali Update #712
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Bali Update #711
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Bali Update #710
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Bali Update #709
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Bali Update #708
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Bali Update #707
March 29, 2010

Bali Update #706
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Bali Update #705
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Bali Update #704
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Bali Update #703
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Bali Update #697
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January 4, 2010

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Bali Update #690
November 30, 2009

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