“Wild scenes erupted and cries of ‘death to infidels.'” As predicted. “Wild crowds unleash fury as bodies of executed Bali bomb trio are flown home and buried,” by Richard Shears for the Daily Mail, November 9 (thanks to Alexandre):
Wild scenes erupted and cries of ‘death to infidels’ — Westerners — rang out in a village today as the bodies of two of the executed Bali bombers returned home for burial.
‘Smiling Assassin’ Amrozi and his brother Mukhlas, shot by a firing squad, were carried by helicopter to their village of Tenggulun in central Java — and it was there that a 500-strong crowd unleashed their fury over the executions.
They cried for a holy war and threatened to avenge the deaths of ‘our brothers’.
There were similar chaotic scenes in the west Java town of Serang as the body of the third executed bomber, Imam Samudra, shrouded in a black cloth bearing an inscription from the Koran, was paraded through the streets between his local mosque and a cemetery.
Western observers in both villages were verbally abused as ‘infidels’ and ordered to leave immediately.
In Tenggulun village heavily-armed police were outnumbered by the angry crowd, who surged around ambulances carrying the bodies of Amrozi and Mukhlas who, along with Samudra, had been shot shortly after midnight local time.
In Samudra’s village, hardline cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who has previously been jailed for inciting bombings in other parts of Indonesia, pushed people aside to clear a path for the executed man’s body to be carried through the streets.
There are now grave fears among Western diplomats that radicals will heed Abu Bakar Bashir’s call to avenge the executions.
Even though the three men convicted of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings were shot dead the families of the victims say they do not believe justice has been fully achieved. […]
There are now fears that supporters of Amrozi, Mukhlas and Samudra, will carry out reprisal attacks.
Western tourists in Indonesia – particularly those in Bali – have been warned to be on the highest alert. […]
The killers, who had shown no remorse in the countdown over the months leading up to their executions, were taken to an orchard some four miles from the prison and tied to wooden chairs.
Then, seconds before bullets struck, they cried out ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is Great.
It was a cry they had uttered, too, as they were led from their prison to face the firing squad of paramilitary police. […]
There bodies were then flown to their home villages for burial in accordance with Muslim custom.
Mr Ali Faukzi, head of the prison, sent a text message to relatives saying: ‘They are with the Almighty.’
Chozin, the elder brother of Amrozi and Mukhlas, said on behalf of his family: ‘We hope the spirit of my brothers will be taken by green birds to paradise.’
Not, you’ll notice, “We hope the spirit of my brothers will find mercy from Allah and forgiveness for their heinous act of mass murder.”