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Nimbin to hold vigil for Bali Nine pair

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A ‘Joint Candle Vigil’ will be held in Nimbin this evening to protest against the death sentence of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Hemp Olympix organizing committee and the Nimbin Hemp Embassy are organizing the vigil.

Hemp Olympix spokesperson Chibo Mertineit said the protest would demand an end to killing, ‘stupid police actions’ and the war on drugs.

‘We invite everybody to come along, especially victims of the war on drugs and medicinal cannabis users and light a candle,

Mr Mertineit invited people to stay for the lighting of the ‘Eternal Flame for the Victims of Prohibition’, and join in two minutes silence.

The Nimbin vigil, at Allsop Park in Nimbin at 5.30 pm, follows similar gatherings around the country.

Candles were lit and paintings of the men were carried by about 50 supporters outside the Indonesian consulate in Sydney on Tuesday evening, while others gathered on Sydney Harbour.

About 10,000 flowers were used to spell out “Keep Hope Alive” on a hill overlooking the harbour, at an event organised by Amnesty International.

Lauded Australian artist Ben Quilty organised candlelit vigils in Brisbane, hoping to sway Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s favour.

Quilty, a long-time supporter of Sukumaran and Chan, has called for the men to be pardoned.

“With his passing my world will take a dark plunge backwards,” he said of Sukumaran.

In Melbourne a vigil was being held outside the Indonesian Consulate General in the CBD.

Many in Sydney said they came to show opposition to the death penalty and to add their voices to the plea for the men to be allowed to live.

“I’ll be destroyed as a person if this goes ahead,” Sukumaran’s friend Kavita Krishnan told AAP.

“I had my moment of despair yesterday, but we’ve still got time, there’s 32 hours.”

The vigils were organised after the Bali Nine ringleaders received warning they may face the firing squad as early as Tuesday.




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