Napalm Death have issued a statement to request clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo.
Andrew and Myuran, from Australia, face execution in Indonesia on the charge of drug trafficking, which they have admitted to. The two young men, who are part of the Bali Nine have exhausted all appeal avenues. Greenway has appealed to President Widodo as he is a fan of the band.
Napalm Death’s Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway has issued the following appeal to President Widodo.
Dear Mr Widodo,
I am appealing directly to you to please spare the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the two Australian citizens who are currently awaiting the death sentence in Indonesia for heroin smuggling. As a follower of our band Napalm Death, you would appreciate that our lyrics and ethos challenge the unbroken cycle of violence in the world, whether it comes from a state or as an individual. If these things are not challenged and ultimately changed, I believe we will never truly move forward as humankind.
I understand that you are standing as a leader determined to change things for the better, and so I believe granting clemency would be a major step forward in this pursuit of betterment. I appreciate that heroin can be damaging on many levels, but I believe that this is a much deeper issue that cannot be changed or altered by simply taking away the lives of people.
Again, I respectfully ask that you make a real difference and overturn these sentences.
In hope and peace
Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway (Napalm Death)
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