Bali is high on the list of must-see travel spots for Aussies. It's relatively close, in Australian terms, it's cheap and the beaches and the people are beautiful. But some have taken to social media with the recently trending hashtag, #BoycottBali, asking others not to travel to Indonesia in protest against two Australian men, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, on death row.
Foreign minister, Julie Bishop, herself suggested during a radio interview that Australians would "register their deep disapproval [of the executions], including by making decisions about where they wished to holiday."
The thing is, though, before one visits a country, we read up on the local customs and big no-nos. And I hate to be the one saying it, but before you attempt to smuggle drugs out of a country, should you be silly enough to do something like that in the first place, you have to be prepared that maybe, just maybe, not everything will go to plan. And if that is the case in Bali, then your head is on the chopping block, literally.
I get that we all make mistakes and that we are all worthy of redemption, and these two men are certainly worthy of that considering all the great work they have done from their prison cells, but who are we as Australians to impose our own beliefs on another country? Who are we to implore our governments to get involved in a situation that is one of cultural significance?
I'm not saying I'm for capital punishment, because I'm not. But it is very widely known and widely reported that being caught trafficking drugs in Indonesia results in death by firing squad and that has been the case since 1964, although the first execution didn't occur until 1973.
Jetstar recently came under attack for sharing a $99 sale to Bali. Insensitive, definitely. And I'm sure there aren't many Australians who'd feel comfortable sipping cocktails and partying knowing two compatriots were awaiting their deaths not too far away. This is how people have been reacting to the situation using the #BoycottBali hashtag.
#boycottbali was never going to that hell hole anyway! The indo people plant drugs on you and serve you drinks that are far worse then alcho— Michael Lawton (@Timmo193) February 18, 2015
#boycottbali solidarity with Andrew and Myuran and millions of Australians who oppose the death penalty— Nikesh Murali (@nikesh_murali) February 18, 2015
#BoycottBali is an absolute joke. Why ruin an economy for the idiotic mistake of 2 convicted criminals. May as well Boycott the US too...— the aussie battlah (@boourns_) February 18, 2015
how we can have mercy if you know the fact is one dealer kills 40 people, if it was Indonesian people do this, i dont care too #boycottbali— ° I N T A N 88 ° (@yotsubadesu) February 18, 2015
#BoycottBali Australia government only care with two people not care with a thousand victims of them. Drug kill many children. So sick.— anas fauzi (@bonasfa) February 18, 2015
#boycottbali well is nice to have less bogan in Bali...so yes pls stop coming anytime mates!!!— Tanty (@Ratu300) February 18, 2015
#BoycottBali ? Yeah I'm sure the Balinese are devastated that less loud drunk abusive Australians are visiting their beautiful island.— Vagician (@TooMany_Humans) February 18, 2015
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