Thousands of people took to Jakarta's main streets during Car-Free Day on Sunday morning (20/11) to show their support for diversity. (Antara Photo)

Thousands Flock to Jakarta's Car-Free Day to Support Diversity

BY : CARLOS KY PAATH

NOVEMBER 20, 2016

Jakarta. Thousands of people took to Jakarta's main streets during Car-Free Day on Sunday morning (20/11) to show their support for diversity.

The event, dubbed "Karnaval Cinta NKRI" ("Love the Republic Carnival") was organized by several groups in response to several recent incidents in the country, including a terror attack on a church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, which killed a 2-year-old child and injured three others.

The participants marched from the Arjuna Wijaya horse statue to the Hotel Indonesia roundabout on Jalan M.H. Thamrin, waving around 17,500 Indonesian flags during the event.

Event coordinator Yayong Waryono said the march also featured traditional dances and shows from many provinces of Indonesia.

"The event shows the nation's spirit. Bhinneka Tunggal Ika [Unity in Diversity] is our characteristic," Yayong said.

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