On Saturday night (16 January 2016), a number of non government organizations and community organizations held in solidarity with victims of Jakarta bombing. Hundreds of people participated in the rally in sidewalk near Starbucks Cafe which was one of the site attacks. Many of them brought a banner read : “We Are Not Afraid”.


People brought a banner read : “Kami Tidak Takut” (We Are Not Afraid). Source : private collection


The Commission of For The Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KONTRAS) was one of the NGOs that participated in this rally.  Coordinator of KONTRAS, Haris Azhar said that people were not only expressed their their feeling of unfrightened but also rejected violence. “Terrorism is a form of violence that should be rejected”, he said in front of Starbucks Thamrin on Saturday night, January 16, 2016.

Azhar also emphasized that violence can not be combatted by violence. He invites people to participate in preventing terrorism in good ways .

Other people who joined this rally was Sumarsih. Besides condemning terror, she also stated that terror can be committed by the state. Her son, Benardinus Irmawan , was killed by gunfire on 13 November 1998 during riots and protests against the government of President BJ Habibie. The incident known as the Semanggi Tragedy.


Sumarsih is praying . Source : private collection

Earlier, On Thursday morning (14 January), multiple explosion and gun attack rocked the Indonesian capital. In that incident, eight people were killed, including five terrorists and more than 20 people were injured. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the bloody events.

In response of  the attack, Indonesian authorities raises security alert to the highest level. Police officers with rifles are deployed in some places such as shopping malls, foreign embassies , five stars hotel, as well as places near to site attacks.


Police officers with rifle are deployed in front of Starbucks, which was one the site attacks. Source : private collection