scarlet's walk (kisstheviolets) wrote,
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boycott rant

I have been reading this website about Foreign prisoners being held in unfair or inhumane conditions, and it makes me really sad. There has been so much media attention on Schapelle Corby, but I think it's so important to realise that this isn't just a one-shot incident -- it happens all over the world, every day. I know I've been ignorant. I'm not so good with facing reality sometimes, and I hate the thought of pain & suffering, so I ignore it or pretend it doesn't happen. I think we all do, to an extent -- it takes an amazingly strong person to be able to face this sort of reality every day and not get dragged down by it but still do something to try and fight the injustices (I'm thinking about people who work for Amnesty International etc). I'm trying to be more realistic and not so blind though; I think my zine (either winterspark 4 or 5 since I'm working on both simultaneously but I'm not sure what order they'll come out in) will contain a section about prisoners abroad in some of the countries like Burma, Thailand, Vietnam etc, particularly women prisoners being held without a fair trial etc.

I am also really tired of hearing people say that they are boycotting Bali as a result of this verdict. There are sites like boycottbali.com or similar (I'm not being bothered to promote these sites by finding the exact urls ;)) that have been set up this weekend, and I just find it really sad. I know people are upset & angry about this verdict (you already know how I feel), but to boycott a whole country because of ONE [albeit highly publicised] court case is ridiculous and shows how ill-informed people can be. I am not talking about people who don't want to travel to Indonesia because they fear the internal conflicts, terrorism threats - those are valid reasons to have. I'm talking about the people I'm seeing on the Vogue forums or in the editorial sections of the newspaper who are writing in saying they won't travel to Bali as a direct result of this verdict. People who are saying "I'm not going to Bali, I might get jailed for 20 years" blahblahblah. Yeah, people are actually saying that. Someone wrote "Visit Bali = risking your life!" on the forums, and it would be amusing if it wasn't so narrowminded. Guess what, eating food = risking your life too (because you know, you could choke, or something) so why don't you stop doing that? Ohhh. I know this is just another opinion, and I'm not trying to change anything and people don't have to travel anywhere they don't want to. It just frustrates me that people can be so ignorant and say such ill-informed things.

Bali is NOT the only place in the world to incarcerate people who may be innocent and it frustrates me that people are acting like it is. Do some fucking research. Then look in our own backyard. Lindy Chamberlain, anyone? (sorry for all the overseas people who probably haven't heard of Lindy Chamberlain, maybe one day I'll write about that).

Just for the record, this isn't directed at ANYONE here on LJ, more just the general public response/reaction that I've been reading online and in newspapers. I just wanted to have a vent, you know? Argh. I should just shut up :(

edit: oh, and I haven't even started on my rant about people ringing up the Red Cross to request their donation money back that they gave for the Tsunami victims, and how the Salvation Army are saying that when people give money now they are requesting it doesn't get sent to Indonesia. WTF??? That disgusts and ashames me to be an Australian right now... and I hate saying that. But I feel very disgusted with the way some people are responding. /edit

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In completely unrelated news, I really feel like shopping today. Too bad for having no money though. Must... remember... working... holidays... plans. Maybe I'll reread my Europe brochures as my shopping deterrant and remember that every makeup item I buy could buy a night's stay in some random European city instead. Oh, priorities! Yes, I think that's what I'll do.

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