After the terrorists’ suicide bombings of the Hotel JW Marriot & Hotel Ritz-Carlton on 17 July 2009, British soccer club Manchester United has canceled their tour to Jakarta and some people predict that foreigners would be afraid to come here.
However, this prediction was proven to be wrong after a rock festival i.e the Java Rocking Land was held from 7 until 9 August at the Ancol Beach, North Jakarta.
The festival was participated by 10 foreign bands, including Mr. Big, Melee, 3rd Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon, and 70 local rock bands playing in front of more than 2,000 people per day; and everything was very successful and peaceful.
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The above peaceful event shows that Jakarta is quite safe for Indonesians and foreigners. However considering that terrorists always take advantage of our weakness, we should always be aware of anything that happen around us, and immediately report anything or anyone suspicious to the Police.