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Protests re: Australians

  • Jade78

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    Hi everyone,

    I am heading from Australia to Bali in two days. I am a female who is planning to travel around Bali, perhaps Lombok and also Java. I understand there are protests in Jakarta regarding the 'Spying Scandal' of the Australian Government on the Indonesia government. I am becoming slightly nervous about my visit and am worried it will put me in danger or change the way in which locals interact with/perceive me. Perhaps I am being extra-cautious however it would be great to her if there opinion, especially those living in relevant areas.


    Jade

    #1 Posted: 22/11/2013 - 17:04

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  • exacto

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    Hi Jade,

    It looks like there were demonstrations today at your embassy in Jakarta, but overall your Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is just recommending using a high degree of caution while travelling in Indonesia, mostly from non-specific and unrelated terrorist threats. You can read the details here:

    http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Indonesia

    #2 Posted: 22/11/2013 - 20:26

  • MADMAC

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    Tell everyone you're American.

    #3 Posted: 23/11/2013 - 00:20

  • Jade78

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    I did check out SmartTraveller. I guess I was hoping for people living in these areas by thank you for your reply

    MADMAC, given the context I do not know whether you are being humorous or serious?

    #4 Posted: 23/11/2013 - 16:07

  • MADMAC

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    Seriously, nobody is going to really give a **** where you're from. They ask as a way to make conversation. Stay away from Islamic psychos and you'll be fine.

    #5 Posted: 24/11/2013 - 00:28

  • busylizzy

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    The Balinese will be more interested in your money than what is going on in Jakarta ! Bali is crawling with Aussies at the moment (I'm here now). Seriously, I wouldn't worry about it.

    I highly doubt that it will be an issue in Jakarta either. I wouldn't let it stop me. Tell them you're from NZ (not an American!).

    #6 Posted: 24/11/2013 - 04:52

  • tezza

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    The Balinese don't particularly like the Javanese - and they abhor anything the latter do to harm tourism.
    The Balinese want your money - go.

    #7 Posted: 26/11/2013 - 00:43

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