Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tourists weigh in on Bali bombers’ executions

SENGGIGI, Lombok Island—The dining area at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort teemed with mostly Australian tourists on Monday, an unexpected sight the morning after the execution of the three Bali bombers that sparked concerns of possible retaliatory attacks against Westerners in this country.

Weeks before the executions, the Australian, UK and US governments issued travel advisories against “unnecessary” trips to certain parts of Indonesia–especially Bali which is a 20-minute flight from Lombok.

Australian national Peter Dillon had just spent a week in Bali with his wife, two daughters and 37 other people when Bali bombers Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Muklas were executed at the Nusa Kambangan Penitentiary in Central Java.

“We had a wedding to come to and it couldn’t be put off. That’s why we came here,” Dillon said in an interview on Monday.

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