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MANILA, Philippines – It was supposed to be just life as usual for many residents of Jakarta on Thursday morning, January 14, until explosions and gunshots shook Indonesia’s capital city, killing at least 7 people.
Photos and videos of the attacks quickly spread on social media, and both local and international media outlets.
Reactions poured in from across the globe – panic, fear, sympathy for the victims. Jakarta quickly trended on Twitter and social media users asked the world to #PrayForJakarta.
@raisa6690 >Kalian bikin hastag >Trending >Worldwide>Investor cemas>saving turun>suku bunga naik>Rupiah lemah>Inflasi>Krisis— Soeharsono, Emyr S. (@emyr_s) January 14, 2016
Thinking of everyone in Jakarta. I’m scared,confused. Where is humanity? #PrayForJakarta— Rina ∞ (@_Caty23) January 14, 2016
Aren’t we all human?Then why can’t we live in peace? #PrayForJakarta— yosianna liska (@yosiannaliska) January 14, 2016
I’m so sad of what’s going in this wonderful world rn #PrayForJakarta God,help us.— Hi Sia (@LoveMaraiah) January 14, 2016
But Indonesians countered the attacks with an even stronger message of courage and hope – #KamiTidakTakut, which means “We are not afraid.”
The whole point of terrorism is to spread terror, to make us afraid. Together, with God, we’re unbeatable. #KamiTidakTakut— Kamasean Matthews (@kamasean07) January 14, 2016
WE’RE NOT AFRAID!!!! #KamiTidakTakut— ASK 4 REFOLLOW!! (@lnvisiblx) January 14, 2016
We’re not afraid #KamiTidakTakut— Ravina Ashini (@ravinashxn) January 14, 2016
We are not afraid! Because we are one!! Bhineka Tunggal Ika!! #KamiTidakTakut— Kristy Clarine (@kristyclaarine) January 14, 2016
Indonesian national police spokesman Anton Charliyan said it was not yet clear which group had carried out what Indonesian President Joko Widodo called “acts of terror.”
But according to him, the Islamic State (ISIS) group issued a cryptic warning before the attacks in Jakarta.
In a 52-page study published by Quilliam, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, it was revealed that Twitter is also the extremists’ choice for propaganda, using hashtags to forward their agenda, recruit new members, and incite fear. (READ: Twitter-terror: How ISIS is using hashtags for propaganda)
But on this day, Indonesians decided to fight back using social media.
“We are not afraid.” – Rappler.com