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Keep calm and grill satay—Indonesians react to the Jakarta terror attacks

By Steve Mollman

Following the bomb attacks in Jakarta yesterday (Jan. 14), Indonesians took to social media to show they would not be cowed by terrorists. The hashtags #KamiTidakTakut—which means “we are not afraid”— and #PrayForJakarta became rallying points. 

Many used humor as a way of expressing themselves, by for instance suggesting the attacks were nothing compared to the notorious traffic Jakartans must deal with nearly every day.

Some of the humor was self-deprecating.

Many pointed to the street vendors operating near the bomb blasts who nonchalantly continued plying their trade with no mind to the violence, serving customers snacks such as grilled chicken sate.

Others showed their support to their nation and fellow citizens.

Some had fun noting the fashion sensibilities of some of the police.

Some attacked the belief systems of the terrorists.

Some appealed to a higher power:

Some lauded the heroism of ordinary Indonesians who helped those in need during the attack.

And the police who responded to the attacks.

Some rallied around the words and presence of Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

And many suggested the terrorists had chosen the wrong country to pick a fight with: