Activists in southwestern Indonesia protest the death penalties imposed on 14 drug convicts who are expected to be executed within days. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters have converged in Indonesia's southwestern town of Cilacap Jakarta on Thursday to demonstrate against the execution of 14 drug convicts, including at least four foreigners, who the UN says will be executed over the weekend. Those executed will include nationals of Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India, according to Indonesian officials. Around ten protesters calling for the government to stop the execution were detained at Cilacap's ferry port, the gateway to the prison island of Nusa Kambangan, where the execution is expected to take place. In Jakarta around 50 protesters held a vigil outside the state palace demanding President Joko Widodo abolish capital punishment. Protesters holding posters reading "stop death penalty" lit candles and laid flowers on the ground outside the palace and told reporters "no one" deserves to be executed, and that the government should focus its energy on other issues, like poverty. In both places the name of one of those expected to be executed Merry Utami was highlighted. Utami is a 42-year-old Indonesian woman convicted of heroin possession and sentenced to death in 2003, local media said, reporting that activists say she was used as a drug mule without her knowledge. Indonesia, which is among Southeast Asia's biggest markets for narcotics, has declared a "drug emergency" and vowed no mercy for drug traffickers.