Opinion

Comment: Bali boycott to protest against arrogance

WHEN I turned on yesterday's morning news bulletins, I expected to hear that Indonesia had carried out its much criticised executions of Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

I knew it was inevitable but it didn't take away from my anger over their deaths.

I have never cared in the past about what happens to those who try to make money out of selling hard-line drugs.

They have the blood of innocent young adults on their hands and their actions have torn the heart out of countless families.

My anger about the firing squad execution of these two men flows from two things.

The first is I don't believe in the death penalty and the second is I am also furious at the arrogance of the Indonesian government.

Everything they have done, including the Anzac Day death notice release, says to me as far as Australia goes we can go jump.

They stood by while photos of coffins and crosses bearing the names of the two men were made public.

They made an almighty public show of force by escorting these two chained prisoners from their jail to death island with jets and armoured vehicles.

They couldn't give us the time of day over this issue but I can assure you they do desperately care about our dollars and they need us to maintain our holiday love affair with Bali.

They are arrogant enough to believe that this will not have any influence on how many Aussies will continue to see Indonesia as a great destination.

My protest against them is that I will never again step foot in Indonesia and if you are as incensed as I am I trust your protest will be the same as mine.




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