Locals, foreigners call for a safer Bali

Locals, foreigners call for a safer Bali
A woman places candles and flowers on Batu Bolong Beach during the We Love Bali Safe program in Badung, Bali. The program aimed to highlight the safety of all those living on the resort island.

Hundreds of foreigners and locals, dressed in all-white, gathered at Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu, Badung regency, on Monday to support the safer Bali campaign.

Although many were in mourning for an 18-year-old Korean girl, who died recently after being mugged, their spirit and motivation to make the island a better place remained strong.

Bali was shocked by the death of Kim Eun-sol who died after a motorcycle ran over her on a road in Kerobokan, Denpasar.

Eun-sol was on a motorcycle in the early hours of May 17 when muggers on two motorcycles tried to take her bag. She tried to keep a hold on it, but fell off the bike only to be run over by another vehicle driving in the other direction.

The muggers remain at large.

At the event, which was titled We Love Bali Safe, Gonzalo Assiego read a declaration at the beginning of the gathering, stating that they would work with all stakeholders to promote peace on the island.

"We Love Bali Safe has the deepest respect for Bali, its people, its culture and heritage. We will work together with other local communities as one community," he said.

"Our focus is to work alongside the authorities with the aim to implement and provide education to the public which will create a safer Bali for all of us."

Sudarsana, a local figure, praised the community for organising the event. "Let's make Bali shanti [peaceful]. We are responsible for securing Bali."

He added that such a campaign was important for the island as Bali was a tourism magnet. An unsafe Bali might make tourists choose other destinations, he said.

Bali has also seen several rape cases, especially those attacking foreigners. A Swedish woman recently reported that she had been raped inside her hotel room in the famous tourism area of Kuta.

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