#KamiTidakTakut: Indonesians unfazed in the face of terror

Don Kevin Hapal

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#KamiTidakTakut: Indonesians unfazed in the face of terror
Indonesians fight back with a strong message of courage and hope - 'We are not afraid'

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.


But Indonesians countered the attacks with an even stronger message of courage and hope – #KamiTidakTakut, which means “We are not afraid.”


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

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.