IndonesiaSari Club site to be developed as restaurant and nightclub.

No peace for survivors of Bali bombing

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No peace for survivors of Bali bombings. Photo Credit: ookawaphoto/Getty mages
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Phil Britten, 38, lost seven friends in the terror attacks 17 years ago. Since then, he and fellow survivors have dedicated themselves to building a peace park on the site of the destroyed Sari Club.

Survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people are furious at plans to redevelop the Sari Club site into a restaurant and nightclub complex. as “a knife to the heart”.

Phil Britten, 38, lost seven friends in the terror attacks 17 years ago. Since then, he and fellow survivors have dedicated themselves to building a peace park on the site of the destroyed Sari Club.

“The idea was to find a place of peace, irrespective of religion and race — to remember, reflect and educate about what happened there,” said Britten.

But now the Badung Regency has issued a building permit for a complex to be built on the site, with work to start on May 9.

Describing the move to the West Australian newspaper as a “complete slap in the face”, Britten said the site owners had also asked for an “outrageous” $5 million, up front, for the top floor of the building to be leased out as a space for a peace park.

Bali Peace Park Association chairman David Napoli said the redevelopment missed the point of having a peace park. “It’s not a monument — it’s a place people can be quiet and reflect in an area that’s surrounded by noise and chaos,” he said.

Napoli said he had not been surprised by the development decision, which came after “years and years of deceit, secrecy, lies and smoke and mirrors”.

The Bali Peace Park Association was set up in the wake of the bombings, to raise enough money to buy the site from the owner, with the land having remained vacant until now. 

“The governor and the regency both said there’d be no commercial building on it ever, as it’s a sacred and historical site,” Napoli added.

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