Indonesian protesters collect coins to return money to Prime Minister Tony Abbott after he linked clemency pleas for two Australians on death row to 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami aid. Julie Noce reports.
People in Jakarta throw coins onto pictures of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a protest Sunday. The money is payback, they say, for the millions of dollars in aid assistance Australia gave to Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami. Abbott said his country would feel let down if Indonesia proceeded with the executions of two Australian nationals despite the large sum money they gave Indonesia for tsunami relief. For some Indonesians, Abbott's comment linking the aid money and the clemency was offensive. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) PROTEST PARTICIPANT, ANDI MAYA, SAYING: "With regards to Abbott's comment, I actually feel offended as an Indonesian. I feel it is absurd that he is bringing up humanitarian aid. His bringing up this issue does not justify stopping the executions which are a result of narcotics-related offences, from taking place. " Indonesian President Joko Widodo has defended its right to use capital punishment against drug convicts and has denied requests for clemency for the two Australians on death row.