Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Singapore to murder for a 1kg of cannabis

Hi Brandon,

I conducted a 'public hanging' in Cashel Mall at 3:00pm - replete with wooden mock gallows, a black hood, the 'hemp' noose and a 19year old 'everyday druggie' called 'Grace' whom we managed to Save.

After introducing the french connection "Avoir de la corde-de-pendu dans sa poche" to have hemp in your pocket for luck, esp as it was friday 13 and unlucky for some, the audience was treated to a comparison between media coverage on Schapelle and Shanmugam. The context of the UN Single Conventions, the drug related deaths world wide etc. and that NZ Prime Minister Hon Helen Clark has sold our souls to the devil for a few shekels in trade - and no one notices, was thoroughly was canvassed.

After a brief mock trial where i was judge and jury, sentencing was passed, and Grace's appeals denied so she was prepared for her maker, hooded and commiteed to the gallows.

1 minute of silent "grace' for Shanmugam Murugesu and a prayer for his children then took place.

[Grace was amazing, her last words to the amassed rabble were "fly high" but as it was NZ, and not Indoensia or Singapore or Thailand, or any of the other 40 nation states on this earth who kill for justice, the capital punishment today was commuted for harm minimisation deads well done. ]

Which must have pleased someone. Police had recieved formal complaint from a member of the public (a shopkeeper, I believe) 'offended' that this street theatre was too graphic and unsuitable for the public despite an attentive audience of about 100 people. Some asked "what do you suggest we do about it?" Others more discretly spoke "your telling the truth here, your brave".

Two Police, one very senior dude and a woman with some sympathy for what this is about came and talked to me and M.Britnell as we packed things up.

It was pointed out to us that protest was useless as we cannot change the laws in a foreign country... I reminded him that the 'red brigade' baton just sold for 20,000 dollars... a legacy to the social conscience and collective concern that helped change a nation. Anyone disturbed by the 'graphic nature' dramatized here should be better directed at those who perpetuate the all to graphic human rights abuse of swinging someone from their neck until dead for what is smoked in new zealand in each and 15 seconds. (nor what bloody 'drug ed' message thatsends to our children.)

The senior officer at first 'who needs another problem drug out here' later went along with medpot and decriminalisation. They left with theRoyal College of Physicians and Seattle Initiatives under wing.

Regretably a technical hitch with the (guy behind the) camera, so no photo as planned . but lots of images were taken by the audience. Maybeone will turn up.

Brandon Hutchison wrote: the Singapore High Commission address is 17 Kabul St Ngaio Wellington ph 04-470 0850
Source: Khaleeg Times
Pub date: May 10, 2005
Subj: Singaporean to be hanged despite plea by sons group

SINGAPORE - Singapore will hang an ethnic Tamil man on Friday for trafficking about 1 kg (2.2 lb) of cannabis despite a rare public plea by his teenage sons to stop the execution, a human rights group said. After 38-year-old Shanmugam Murugesu lost an appeal to escape the gallows in January, his 14-year-old twin children took to Singapore's streets, handing out flyers last month urging public support to stop the execution, saying it would make them orphans.

Think Centre, a Singapore human rights group, said Murugesu's family had received notification on Monday he will be hanged on Friday, May 13. "We are calling everyone, wherever they are, to hold a silent vigil for Shanmugam," Think Centre president Sinapan Samydorai told Reuters on Tuesday.

Murugesu, a Singapore citizen, was convicted of trafficking after his arrest at Singapore's border with Malaysia in August 2003. Singapore President S.R. Nathan said last month Murugesu would not receive clemency. Prison officials said they could not immediately comment. Singapore enforces some of the world's toughest drug laws. Anyone aged 18 or over convicted of carrying more than 500 grammes (17.6 ounces) of cannabis faces execution by hanging. In a 2004 report, human rights group Amnesty International said about 400 people have been hanged in Singapore since 1991, mostly for drug trafficking, giving the wealthy city-state of 4.2 million people possibly the highest execution rate in the world relative to its population.

Amnesty says only 6 people sentenced to death in Singapore have been spared execution since independence in 1965. Singapore staunchly defends its use of capital punishment. The government claims death penalty has broad public support and has deterred major drug syndicates from establishing themselves in Singapore.

sig. Blair Anderson
50 Wainoni Road.
Christchurch, NZ.
cell phone 025 2657219 ph (643) 389 4065

In an age of conformity, of conventional wisdom, of suffocating pieties, reform is a breath of fresh air.
- Simon Carr, The Independent, Jan03

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  • At 3:17 am, May 14, 2005, Anonymous said…

    Please forward widely

    URGENT: Shanmugam Murugesu, who was caught with one kilo of marijuana in 2003, is due to be hanged for it this Friday 13th in Singapore. See:

    Singapore enforces some of the world�s toughest drug laws. Anyone aged 18 or over convicted of carrying more than 500 grammes (17.6 ounces) of cannabis faces mandatory execution by hanging.

    The 'Think Center' in Singapore is organizing a vigil for Murugesu on Thursday evening.

    Last week, Amnesty International launched an urgent appeal on his behalf.

    Fancy going to the Singapore Embassy in London on Thursday? The hanging is on Friday morning.

    Please write to the president of Singapore now requesting him to commute the death sentence of
    Shanmugam Murugesu to imprisonment.

    Please forward this email to anyone you think might take immediate action.


    The President
    His Excellency S R Nathan
    Office of the President
    Istana, Orchard Road
    Republic of Singapore 0922
    Faxes: + 65 738 4673

    C.C. Copies to:

    The Honourable Goh Chok Tong
    Senior Minister
    Office of the Senior Minister
    Istana Annexe
    Singapore 238823
    Fax:+ 65 - 67324627

    The Honourable Lee Hsien Loong
    Prime Minister
    Office of the Prime Minister
    Istana Annexe
    Singapore 238823
    Fax: + 65 - 63328983

    Wong Kan Seng
    Minister of Home Affairs
    New Phoenix Park 28,
    Irrawaddy Road
    Singapore 329560
    Fax: + 65 6734 4420

    write to family of

  • At 3:21 am, May 14, 2005, Anonymous Paul J. von Hartmann said…

    Dear friends,

    The previous letter has been circulated to a select mailing of Cannabis activists, human rights
    activists, environmental and drug policy reform organizations around the world. The intention is
    the hope of building momentum for global consensus, regarding the true value of the most useful
    and nutritious agricultural resource on Earth.

    We are all engaged in what is essentially everyone's final struggle, for our species to regain
    respect for Nature in time to avoid extinction. Shanmugam Murugesu and every other person being
    prosecuted under Cannabis prohibiiton statutes represent the condition of our species, being
    threatened by the economic forces which perpetuate control of all agricultural resources.

    The environmental, economic, and cultural significance of Cannabis is in tragic contrast to
    people's awareness of the shift in values that is needed for our species to survive our forced
    addiction to chemicals.

    The execution of Shanmugam Murugesu would be a crime of incomprehensible proportion, in light of
    what we know about the true value of the sacred herb for which he is being threatened with death.


    Dear President Samydorai, Executive Secretary Wei, and Treasurer Prathivmohan, Shanmugam Murugesu
    and his family,

    I am writing to send hope and strength to people I have just learned about in Singapore, being so
    abused by a most outrageous injustice. Please allow me to offer you all some information that is
    fundamental to acheiving a peaceful resolution to this radically imbalanced situation, and how we
    may stop the excution of Shanmugam. The evolution of our species depends on mankind's ability to
    reason collectively. I pray that we may manifest the loving energy within our common hearts, to
    deliver our young brother Shanmugam, from a crime of global proportion.

    Thinking about Cannabis has been warped by several generations of prohibition, to the point that
    our society can no longer see what is real. The Natural Order upon which we depend has been
    subordinated to the point that herbs are disrespected as "drugs" and death is the penalty for
    honoring natural values.

    Cannabis is an herb, not a drug. Drugs do not make seeds, herbs do. The distinction is enormously

    God said, "I have given you every herb bearing seed..."
    - Genesis 1:29-31

    To punish Shanmugam Murugesu, or anyone else, for finding value in the world's most useful,
    nutritious and spiritually significant herb is a violation of God's first commandment, stated
    twice on the first page of the Bible. The origins of every religion have been traced to the use of
    entheogenic herbs, particularly Cannabis.

    Shanmugam Murugesu must be freed, as the Cannabis plant must be freed. For mankind to achieve
    sustainable existence on Earth, respect for Nature must be restored. Agriculture must be allowed
    to compete in a truly free market, giving people the choice of using renewable plant resources,
    rather than forcing society's addiction to dangerous, unevenly distributed, polluting and
    expensive chemicals including petroleum, pharmaceutical drugs, and alcohol.

    Thank you to all at Think Centre for your good works. I am reading your webpage and see much that
    is relevant to the information and perspective developed during the work of P.E.A.C.E. I welcome
    your views on ways in which we may work together to advance conscious evolution for universal

    I would appreciate if Think Centre would consider the idea of exercising "essential civilian
    demand" for a "strategic food resource" as delineated in the U.S. Presidential Executive Order
    12919 (Wiliam J. Clinton, 1994). This is the only official U.S. government document, that I have
    found, which values Cannabis ("hemp") for what it truly is, while providing a means of accessing
    the resource.

    Perhaps this reference could be given to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights as part of
    the reasoning for a global revaluation of Cannabis. Plaese find more information about why it is
    essential to end prohibition of the world's most useful plant.

    The crime of executing Shanmugam Murugesu would degrade all of human society. If carried out, this
    barbarity would be a slap in the face of the Creator of this planet, who gave all creatures the
    right to be free. Shame and equal justice on anyone who harms Shanmugam Murugesu or anyone else
    who honors the divinity in Nature.

    for peace,

    Paul J. von Hartmann
    THC Ministry International
    Project P.E.A.C.E.
    Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics


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