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Protests re: Australians

Posted by Jade78 on 22/11/2013 at 17:04

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.


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Posted by exacto on 22/11/2013 at 20:26

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:

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/11/2013 at 00:20

Tell everyone you're American.

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Posted by Jade78 on 23/11/2013 at 16:07

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?

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/11/2013 at 00:28

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.

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Posted by busylizzy on 24/11/2013 at 04:52

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!).

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Posted by tezza on 26/11/2013 at 00:43

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

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