Arifin Asydhad, Jakarta – Although small in number, demonstrations opposing US President George Bush are continuing in Bali. Twenty demonstrators however, who were unable to break into the airport, were detained at the Siur intersection.
The demonstrators calling themselves the Anti-Colonialism Committee represent a coalition between the Islamic Students Association (HMI), the National Student League for Democracy (LMND), the Muhammadiyah Students Association (IMM) and the People’s United Opposition Party (POPOR). The action was held between 8am and 9.30am local time on Wednesday October 22.
They were not however able to approach the Ngurah Rai airport where Bush was to land and were detained by police at the Siur intersection which is relatively far from the airport, around five kilometers, although this area is still part of the Ring II.
When contacted by Detik.com, Ega, the coordinator of the action, admitted that although they were being detained at the Siur intersection, they are continuing the action. They also brought a number of posters who’s basic message rejected Bush’s arrival. They also gave speeches opposing Bush.
After demonstrating at the Siur intersection, the demonstrators returned to the Udayana University campus. At 3pm, they plan to hold another demonstration at the US Consulate General in Renon, Denpasar.
Meanwhile, around 20 people supporting Bush also held an action. The demonstrators who include Forum Bali, were also detained at the Siur intersection. The action was held as a reaction against the demonstrations held by scores of anti-Bush demonstrators. (asy)
[Translated by James Balowski.]