A crowd gathers at Hotel Indonesia Circle in Central Jakarta to commemorate the 75th anniversary of independence on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Silent Emotion: Jakartans Commemorate Independence Day Like Never Before

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 17, 2020

Jakarta. Traffic policemen halted vehicles passing on Hotel Indonesia Circle in Central Jakarta at 10.17 a.m. sharp on Monday, asking drivers and passengers to observe a moment of silence for the historic event 75 years ago when the founding fathers declared independence.

People duly followed the instruction, stepping out of their vehicles for contemplation while the National Anthem, “Indonesia Raya”, was being played.

The Covid-19 pandemic has prevented residents to hold party, games or other group celebrations of the Independence Day anniversary in a city that is still becoming the epicenter of the outbreak.

However, the landmark 75th anniversary of independence shouldn’t pass like just another day and the central government has earlier instructed people across the country to pause activities at 10.17 a.m., the time when Sukarno read out the proclamation of independence on August 17, 1945.

Jakarta residents wave Indonesian flag in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man waves the red and white flag on the top of a military truck in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Die hard fans of Persija Jakarta holds placard during moment of silence to commemorate Indonesian declaration of independence in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A fan of Jakarta’s Persija football club celebrates the Independence Day on a sidewalk in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Online taxi drivers carry Indonesian flag, as they march to celebrate Indonesian independence day in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A convoy of motorcycle taxis joins on-street celebration of the Independence Day in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cyclist commemorates indonesian declaration of indepedence in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cyclist carries the national flag during the Independence Day in Central Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police personnels and online taxi drivers give salute to Indonesian flag during moment of silence to commemorate Indonesian declaration of independence in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two traffic policemen lead motorists for a moment of silence to commemorate the Independence Day on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family stand outside their car to pay tribute during moment of silence in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Members of a family stand outside their car on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Monday to observe a moment of silence for the August 17, 1945 proclamation of independence. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children stand outside Trans Jakarta bus during moment of silence in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children disembark a TransJakarta bus to observe a moment of silence during the Independence Day commemoration on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man rides military car as he gives salute to Indonesian flag during moment of silence in Hotel Indonesia roundabout at Central Jakarta on Monday (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man on a military jeep salutes the Indonesian flag during a moment of silence on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta (17/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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