Some family members of prisoners/detainees of foreign nationals talk with prison guards at the prison in Kerobokan, Denpasar, Bali on Jan. 27, 2015. (Antara Photo/Nyoman Budhiana)
As Australian Outrage Grows, Indonesian Embassy Issues Warning to Citizens
FEBRUARY 13, 2015
Jakarta. The Indonesian Embassy in Australia has released a statement calling for heightened vigilance among Indonesians residing or visiting the country, as public anger grows against the decision to execute two Australian drug smugglers in Bali.
The statement dated Feb. 13 and published on the embassy's website says "Indonesian people in Australia [should] not be provoked by any provocative actions” and “refrain" from interfering in Australia's domestic issues on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The memo also advises Indonesians to always carry identification and to stay updated with the latest security developments through the embassy’s website. Telephone numbers for Indonesia's consulate general offices, which will take calls 24-hours, were also provided.
No further explanation as to why the statement was issued was provided.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi is reported to have turned down a last-ditch attempt by the government of Australia to spare the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, from the firing squad.
The Australians will be among the next group of death-row inmates executed in Indonesia after their requests for clemency were rejected by President Joko Widodo.
The pair, along with seven other members of the so-called Bali Nine, were caught attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin out of Bali in 2005.
Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop pleaded for the lives of Chan and Sukumaran in parliament on Thursday and warned Jakarta against underestimating the strength of feeling within the Australian public for the pair.
She told reporters that the government was still considering whether it would withdraw its embassy officials form Jakarta.