Street unrest taking place in the United Kingdom is causing some British holidaymakers to extend their stays in Bali.
Rioting across England has resulted in more than 1,200 arrests, millions of dollars in property damage, and the death of at least three people.
VIVAnews quotes John, a 27-year-old tourist from London as opting to stay in Bali, saying on August 11: “I had been in Bali when the riot took place. I immediately contacted my family in London. Luckily, they were safe. I stayed back in Bali as long as the unrest is not yet abated.”
The Londoner added: “I hope the local security forces can immediately neutralize the situation. Only after it is neutral and safe will I think of going back to London.”
Another visitor from Birmingham, Sheila (23), who is in Bali on holiday with her boyfriend, says she is content to stay in Bali until the situation returns to normal in the UK. “I came here with my boyfriend. I should have gone back to Birmingham this afternoon. However, because of the riots, I must extend my vacation,” said Sheila.
A possible sign of the times, the young UK tourists are tracking developments back home via social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook.