The 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings in 2012 is being held today, Friday October 12th in two locations; Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Jimbaran and also at the memorial in Kuta.

In an effort to avoid severe traffic congestion, police closed and diverted the flow of traffic on some Kuta streets. The closure and diversion started at 6am and was expected to to continue until around 9.30am today.

The Bali Police Commissioner told reporters the Bali Memorial Service would involve many people and if they didn’t implement the closure of traffic, it would result in traffic congestion that would disrupt activities of people in Kuta and surrounding areas.

Representatives from 22 countries gathered today at Garuda Wisnu Kencana to commemorate lives lost in the bombings 10 years ago.

Dignitaries included Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, opposition leader Tony Abbott and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. They were joined with Indonesian leaders and also International foreign dignitaries for todays one hour remembrance ceremony.

Events this morning included several speeches, wreath laying as well as brief speeches from some of the survivors and families of victims.

Today, Bali has bounced back since the bombing a decade ago. In 2011, Bali was visited by 2.75 million foreign tourists, which represents a 10% increase over the previous year. Meanwhile, to meet the demands of the rapidly increasing number of visitors to the island, Bali is now seen to becoming overrun with construction projects like hotels, resorts and malls. As an example, the Kuta beachfront area is now almost entirely redeveloped. However, the Bali Governor Mr.Pastika denies that this development threatens the beauty of Bali and concluded by saying we want Bali to remain Bali with its unique culture, friendly people and beautiful scenery.

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