There is only one week until the TWO TOO LONG Vigil/Rally for Neil, Ferdi and the cleaners: Afrischa, Agun, Awan, Syahrial, Zainal and the late Azwar. Much has happened since the One Year Too Long rally held in front of Calgary’s City Hall nearly one year ago. The incredible joy of the overturning of Neil’s and Ferdi’s convictions on August 10, 2015 was followed by the dark despair of the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the guilty verdict with an additional year of jail time on February 24, 2016. There has been much to encourage the worldwide community of support for our innocent friends: the broadcast of documentaries about the case in Canada (The Fifth Estate) and Australia (The Foreign Correspondent), the formation and advocacy of the Kawan 8 group in Indonesia, which has done a great deal to garner support of the Indonesian people against this injustice, and the more active role taken by the Canadian Government in support of Neil, as well as the continued vocal support of the Australian, British and US Governments.
The Calgary vigil will be held on THURSDAY, JULY 14th at CNIB from 7-9 p.m. We are thrilled that Neil’s brother, Guy, and Neil’s Mum, Corrine “Honey” Bantleman and Guy’s partner, Janet, will be with us to mark this sad milestone. There will be a short program, followed by a time of visiting and mutual support. Go to the link below for complete details and to register. This will give us an idea of how many people to expect for logistics. Note: if it is a nice evening, the event will be held outdoors and you may want to bring a lawnchair. Wear your FREE NEIL AND FERDI t-shirt, if you have one. We will also be collecting cards and letters to send over to Neil and Ferdi, the cleaners and their families.
Looking forward to seeing you Thursday. If you are outside of Calgary &/or Canada, plan your own vigil and let us know where you are and what you are doing. We would love to share with the media and the Bantlemans the number of vigils and locations being hosted. Let’s show the 8 INNOCENTS that we support them world-wide!
Nan and Nancy