Since the executions of the “Bali 9” drug traffickers by the Indonesian government, reactions from many people lean towards the adverse side. Australians particularly are not amenable to death sentences. Many are biased towards the side of human rights, rather than sinful man. To many of them, death sentence is cruelty. Capital punishment has always been a hotly debated subject. There is no middle ground. Either you are for it or you are against. Both arguments have their own merits on the basis of personal conviction on values, morality and belief in spiritual oversights. It is one debate without a winner.
Public reactions to the execution are typically, temporary knee-jerk responses. In time, all will be forgotten and life goes on as usual. Right now, sentiments are heated, with many Australians calling for boycott of Bali. Sydney Morning Herald reported:
“Following the execution of Bali nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, there have been calls on social media for travellers to boycott Indonesia and Bali as a show of protest against the decision. Facebook group Boycott Bali for The Boys has nearly 14,000 likes and #BoycottIndonesia was trending on Twitter.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop hinted in February that Australians might reconsider travelling to Indonesia if the executions went ahead. But despite earlier calls to boycott the popular destination, Australians continue to fly to Bali in record numbers. Travel website Webjet said the demand from Australians for flights to Bali had risen by 42 per cent over the past four weeks compared with the same time last year.
Would boycotting the country help change the Indonesian government’s policy on the death penalty? Or is it a futile gesture that would just hurt small businesses who rely on the tourism dollar?”
On the Indonesian side, the loss of tourist dollars may impact those highly dependent on tourism from Australia. But Indonesians too have pride and take to nationalsim in soliarity when being “bullied”, as PerthNow reports:
“GO AWAY Aussies, it’s better without you here.”
Furious Indonesians have hit back at Australians who threatened to boycott the country following the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Thousands of Australians took to social media sites to voice their outrage over the use of the death penalty and urge people to cancel holidays to Bali, using the hashtags #BoycottIndonesia and #BoycottBali.
However it appears many locals would actually be thrilled to have fewer of us flooding in to their country, even starting up their own hashtag in revenge, #BoycottAustralia.
They cited our “drunken” behaviour, drug use, and treatment of our own indigenous people and native animals as some of our failures.
Ultimately, will Australian tourists continue to flock to Bali to have their hedonistic fix in the aftermath of the executions? The likelihood is that the death sentence will not deter. Post “Bali 9” Bali will still be the same. Man never learns.
I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.