Monday, August 24, 2009

Dancing on graves..

Compiled from the original sources: and ABC News

Plans for a nightclub and restaurant on the site of the Bali bombings have caused outrage among survivors of the 2002 terrorist attack.

Eighty-eight Australians were among 202 people who died when terrorists exploded bombs in the tourist district of Kuta.

The WA-based Bali Peace Park Foundation wants to build a memorial at the site of the Sari Club, which was hit by the biggest bomb, but a wealthy Bali businessman is aiming to put a stop to those plans.

Through his PA, developer Kadek Wiranatha, who took out a 30-year lease on the site last year, has informed the group that he plans to build a restaurant and nightclub on the site.

Phil Britten, who also survived the bombings, says the foundation has the support of local authorities to build a memorial, but the developer has other ideas.

"He wants to go ahead, being a businessman, and build a nightclub, whereas we want to build this memorial park and hopefully build some awareness," he said.

"I think it would be a good thing for Bali as a tourist thing rather than building another nightclub, which they've got plenty of."

Mr Britten lost seven friends in the attack.

"This is sacred ground. Who would want to drink and dance there? Personally, I would never go there. It would be dancing on my mates' graves."

But Mr Wiranatha has refused to meet foundation members and is understood to have signed a long-term lease on the land late last year.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the foundation, Gary Nash, survived the bombings and is devastated by the news. Mr Nash fears people will just forget the bombing if a nightclub is put on the site. Mr Nash, who spent three weeks in a coma after the attacks, says the foundation is determined to keep fighting Mr Wiranatha's plans.