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.