‘We warned them’: Bali bombings survivor exasperated over graphic footage shown during memorial

A graphic movie depicting the occasions of the 2002 Bali bombings was proven through the tragedy’s twentieth anniversary on the Kuta memorial on Oct. 12, which triggered those that attended the ceremony. A survivor of the fear assaults has spoken up and mentioned that the authorities had been warned to not display the clip.

The video reportedly included scenes of the aftermath of the assaults with graphic footage, in addition to the trials of the bombers. As beforehand reported, whereas some perpetrators have been executed or convicted, one convicted terrorist, Umar Patek, could also be launched early on parole this yr.

Thiolina Marpaung, a survivor of the tragedy, mentioned she and different survivors warned the occasion organizers and the authorities to not play the video throughout a briefing that passed off days earlier than the ceremony.

“On Saturday, Oct. 8, once we had been requested by [event organizers] and representatives of Densus 88 (the Nationwide Police counter-terrorism squad), we gave them a warning to not play the clip,” mentioned Thiolina, who additionally chairs Yayasan Istri Suami Anak (Isana) Dewata, a community of survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings.

“We advised them there are nonetheless many people who find themselves not prepared for it.”

Thiolina, who’s left with everlasting eye accidents within the assault, mentioned that by the point the graphic footage was proven, she had already left the Kuta memorial after the communal prayer session.

“We warned them. I didn’t know. That night, after the communal prayer, we went house. I discovered [that the footage was played anyway] after studying the information from many journalists,” she mentioned.

Mourners who attended the twentieth anniversary had been understandably shocked by the choice to play the triggering footage. Jeff Marshall, who misplaced his father due to the fear assault, advised ABC Information that “it’s simply ripped our hearts’ aside seeing all of it once more.”

In a press release, a spokesperson of the Australia’s Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce mentioned that they’re “deeply dissatisfied” by the choice from the organizers to point out the video and can “formally register” their considerations to Indonesian authorities. 

Responding to this, Indonesia’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs spokesman Teuku Faizasyah mentioned that they may ahead the considerations to the memorial’s organizers to deal with them.

Coconuts Bali has reached out to representatives of Densus 88 for remark and can replace this text accordingly. 

When requested about her response to the choice to play the video, Thiolina mentioned that “cussed individuals can pay the value.”

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