Protesters gathered outside of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC Monday evening to protest the pending execution of Filipina domestic worker, Mary Jane Veloso set to take place Tuesday.
Veloso is one of nine convicted foreign nationals facing the death penalty after the Indonesian Supreme Court found them guilty of drug trafficking. Veloso’s case has garnered international attention since many believe she was used as a pawn by her manager at a work placement agency to transport the drugs. Veloso still maintains her innocence since her arrest.
Protesters held a candlelight vigil at the Indonesian Embassy on Massachusetts Ave, chanting in both English Tagalog to show solidarity. The Vigil was organized by GABRIELLA, a grassroots organization dedicated to issues affecting women around the world. Representatives from GABRIELLA say that, despite the global outcry, the Philippine and Indonesian governments have not done enough to address the situation.
Veloso’s execution was set for midnight on Monday eastern time, but as of 12:35 a.m., there has been no official announcement from the Indonesian Government confirming her death.
Submitted by Contributor Sam Ufret