Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Bali Boycott

I'm reading an article about how people are planning to boycott Bali.

No, the boycott won't bring anyone back to from the dead. But it does bring me satisfaction to imagine Indonesia feeling some level of hurt from the boycott.

I'm impressed with the type of actions people are taking. The National Schoolies Site will no longer do Bali bookings.  They do have Bali listed under their overseas options, but then there's nothing there to click on. No accommodations listed.

There's a travel agent in Dulwich Hill who has joined the boycott. The article says that Marie Tadros  took the Bali sign down from her storefront and is no longer selling holidays there. Though her website hasn't been updated yet in regards to this. It still has sections about Bali.

Who knows how strong the boycott will be and how long it will last.  The article talks about how, after the original arrests of the Bali 9, tourism was reduced. But then the numbers crept up again.

I can't say I'm very good at boycotts. Not that I often join them. But once I do, my passion and motivation usually fade. Unfortunately.

It's easy for me to support the Bali boycott, because I've never had any desire to go there.

Then again, the main reason I've never had any desire to go there is it scared me. I worried someone would sneak drugs into my bag and I'd end up spending the rest of my life in an Indonesian prison.

But I will try to have sympathy for people, still wanting to go to Bali, by imagining how I'd feel if there was a massive Disney World boycott. That's kind of our family's Bali.  Oh, and I mean a boycott that I'd agree with. If anti-gay people were boycotting Disney World, I'd want to go MORE often.

If Australians make Bali plans in the next few months, there could be various reasons.

Maybe they think executing people in the drug trade is a good thing.

They might be very apolitical. They don't pay attention to the news. They just want to have fun at an inexpensive destination.

They might be against the executions, but they just love Bali so much. They can't let it go.  They might justify these feelings by saying they don't want to hurt the innocent Indonesians in the tourist trade.

The article says some people are taking this stance; not necessarily as an excuse to keep visiting Bali. That might just be their political viewpoint.

I can see where they're coming from. Though I definitely don't think people should feel regret or guilt for boycotting Bali. If they don't give their money to the people in the Bali, they'll give it to people in other places.  Think of all the people in the Australian tourist trade who could end up getting more business.

Folks who are strongly against all forms of the death penalty probably wouldn't want to visit my country, because we do put people to death sometimes.  But if there are folks who are only against some forms of the death penalty, Hawaii might be a decent alternative to Bali.  Though I think it's more expensive, probably.

Wait. Never mind. It seems the death penalty is a state-by-state thing.  Hawaii hasn't had the death penalty since 1957.

And yikes...just did more research. Lord Wiki says that, in the United States, heavy drug trafficking is listed as a crime that's punishable by death.  I'm not sure though if it's ever been used.  Hopefully not.

Now I'm looking at Lord Wiki's list of Americans on death row.  I don't see any drug convictions. Though Lord Wiki hasn't listed crimes for everyone. From what I see though, most are murderers.


This post was supposed to be about Bali. Then I got lost in tangents.

The thing I had on my mind when I started this post was airlines.  I was thinking about the people who already have flights to Bali.  I would feel their pain in trying to decide whether to cancel or not. Who would want to lose their holiday money like that?  It would be nice if the Australian airlines took a stand against the execution by offering refunds or alternate flights.  I'd be very impressed if they actually cancelled their flights to Bali.  But that's probably asking for a lot.


Ann ODyne said...

there have been many previous reasons that Australians should have boycotted Indonesia over, yet didn't.
The hideous cruelty they inflict on livestock we export there so they can slaughter it according to their repulsive muslim custom is just one; they murdered 5 AUS journalists at Balibo then lied about it, those men went to investigate The Massacre (of nuns/priests At Aceh: they bombed a nightclub full of drunken Aussie holidayers at 1am and killed 165 of them. I am ambivalent about that one though. Aussies go there cos it's CHEAP. it's cheap because the Indonesian people are not cared for by their own government, run by the military and bribery is normal. There are about 25m Aussies and about 130 million Indonesians and they are very close, very hot, have 85% illiteracy and they don't drink.
Australian tourists totally keep Bali afloat. I wouldn't dream of going there, and I do not care about the executed drug-mule enforcers at all.
The hypocrisy of the AUS govt stuns me, that they ignore China executing about 30 crims a week, and let's not mention Texas ha ha.
Melbourne Victoria last executed a crim Ronald Ryan in the 1960's. There's a wiki on him I'm sure.
Peace and love to you dear D though.

Dina said...

Ann O'Dynn,

I probably shouldn't agree with you about the whole repulsive Muslim custom thing. Because Jews slaughter in the same way. As for the slaughtering itself, I think it was believed this was the kinder way to do it. I kind of remember reading that science might be saying this isn't true. Maybe it's better to shock the animals? Would the Jews listen to science over tradition? I'm not sure. I kind of doubt it. Unfortunately.

I remember reading how the animals transported to Indonesia are treating horribly. They're not given enough to drink and are in overcrowded conditions? Plus, I think there was footage of animals being purposely abused just for the fun of it.

If the animals were treated well during the transport and there were no instances of abuse; then I'm not sure that the ritual slaughter would be that much worse than commercial butchering.

Can live animals be transported in a happy non-stressful way? I don't know. It seems to me live transport isn't a good idea; and it's better if Australia sold their animals to people who could accept them already dead.

Yeah. I agree about the cheap thing. And I think there is something unfortunate about a place that depends so heavily on tourism while the natives suffer in poverty.

But I'm a hypocrite saying this—seeing that I am pleased to find cheap clothes to buy my child; managing to ignore that it's cheap because the people who made the clothes are likely paid way to little.

As for hypocrisy and the death penalty. I think the difference is Texas and China aren't executing Australians. So far. I think I did read that there are Aussies who are on the execution list in China. If there were Australians on death row in Texas, I think there'd be a huge outcry by Australians. And the outcry would be even louder if it was believed the Australians had redeemed and rehabilitated themselves.

I think the viewpoint of whether American execution is equal to Indonesian come down to how we feel about drugs. For those who think drugs are evil and should always be illegal; than I guess they wouldn't see much difference between a drug smuggler and a serial killer. For those who think drugs aren't all evil and there should be less laws against them; they'd likely see a difference between executing a murderer and someone in the drug trade.