Students protest against death penalty outside Indonesian Consulate

Trinity College students yesterday protested the Indonesian government’s stance on the death penalty.
Trinity College students yesterday protested the Indonesian government’s stance on the death penalty.

TRINITY College students yesterday swapped textbooks for banners to protest the death penalty outside the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

The students’ peaceful political protest on Adelaide Terrace was held during the morning rush and received a positive response from commuters.

Year 12 student Conor McCarthy-Rymer, from City Beach, said they hoped to sway the Indonesian government’s stance on capital punishment with their first protest.

“Today’s protest was spurred on by the fact they recently moved 15 new people to the (prison) island Nusakambangan,” he said.

“They’re trying to send a message to the world about drug trafficking however their use of the death penalty is completely and utterly flawed.

“We are handing in a petition soon on behalf of the college with 500 signatures from students.

“We spent a few weeks getting signatures, however the biggest push was on our fair day which is when we champion different social justice causes.”

He said some people passing by stopped and offered support.

“We have been here since 7.45am and the reaction has been very good, we have had a few people toot their horns, waving at us and people saying they agree with us so we have had a very positive response,” he said.

“We are hoping representatives inside the consulate will present the petition to the Indonesian government, and in the future we hope to push it further, so you may see other events just like this.”

Former student Jed Herne, from South Perth, was one of a group who took up the cause last year.

“I thought it was an important issue; personally I don’t think the death penalty is doing what its there to do. It’s not really a good deterrent to crime,” he said.

“I think it’s a waste of life, I don’t think it’s justice.”