Relatives and survivors of Bali bombings gather at memorial in Sydney

14:53, October 12, 2010      

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Australian relatives and survivors of the Bali bombings gathered on Tuesday at a ceremony at Coogee in eastern Sydney to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the tragedy.

A memorial wall, publicly listing all 43 victims from Australia 's New South Wales (NSW) State among 88 Australians who killed in the attacks, was unveiled at the Bali Memorial in Dolphins Point at Coogee in eastern Sydney on Tuesday.

As the memorial was unveiled, family members and friends laid flowers, weeping as they touched their loved one's name.

Bill McNeil, a doctor from the NSW north coast said, "I worked desperately throughout the night providing life-saving care and comfort under the most horrific circumstances imaginable."

The attacks on two popular Bali nightspots, Sari Club and Paddy 's Bar in Kuta, on Oct. 12, 2002, killed 202 people including 88 Australians.

The memorial wall could become a place of reflection for all those touched by the tragedy, Sandra Hardman, who lost her 28- year-old son James in the tragedy, told the gathering of about 100 people.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said the Bali victims were innocent people.

"The innocence of those victims (and the) benign and harmless reasons for them being where they are, when they were, only underscores the savagery of those people who took their lives," she said.

Source: Xinhua


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