An eleventh hour vigil in Brisbane this morning, for two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia.

The group remain hopeful Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be spared.

Despite a widespread belief the killings could take place as early as tomorrow.

Emilia Hutchinson reports.


People of all ages gathered at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in solidarity for the prisoners facing execution in Bali.

The urgency of the situation was clear on their faces.

Paul Turner, Queensland Branch President, Amnesty International: “Keep on asking for clemency, keep on asking for mercy.”

Attendees were asked to sign letters and petitions to the Indonesian president pleading for him to show mercy in the eleventh hour.

They say there’s still time for Joko Widodo to change his mind.

Don Sinnamon, Australians Against Capital Punishment: “There are a lot of positive signs that real action is possible and with less than a couple of days before the execution date, it’s not too late for Joko Widodo to show clemency.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister: “The Indonesian government is in no doubt about our opposition to the death penalty.”

While vigils like this emphasise the plight of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, supporters have been urged to remember the family and friends they’ll leave behind.

Chris Baker, Solicitor: “What their families and friends must be going through is absolutely horrendous so it’s a small act to show a small amount of kindness for people who are facing a massive amount of tragedy.”

Vigils will take place around the nation over the next 24-hours as the world awaits news of the men’s fate.

They’ll be held in King George Square and Graceville tomorrow night on what could be Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s final day.

Emilia Hutchinson, QUT News.