Corby?s plight in heart of Nimbin
By ADAM HICKS
SCHAPELLE Corby may be locked up in a Bali prison, but this weekend she'll be in the thoughts of many at the Mardi Grass festival.
Nimbin woman and well known Ganga Fairy Chantico Love helped kick start the weekendlong cannabis law reform rally yesterday afternoon, by performing a dance for Schapelle Corby.
Ms Corby, despite pleading her innocence, is facing life in prison after she was arrested in Bali last year with four kilograms of marijuana.
"I wanted to highlight the real issue behind why we have the Mardi Grass," Ms Love said.
"We're here as a protest, a fight for drug law reform.
"Schapelle is a typical victim of the war on drugs gone wrong.
"The dance is to create energy in support of her and all people who are in different jails because of prohibition."
Ms Love performed the dance during the opening ceremony at Allsopp Park wearing yellow ribbons wrapped around her wrists and tying her hands to symbolise incarceration.
Michael Balderstone of the Hemp Embassy said the yellow coloured ribbons were a symbol of solidarity with the plight of Schapelle.
"Schapelle Corby will be popping up throughout the Mardi Grass," Mr Balderstone said.
"Even though she's probably not a pot smoker, she is a victim of the same war that has made us criminals.
"That is why we do the Mardi Grass. It's a protest."
Mr Balderstone said he was encouraging visitors to Nimbin over the weekend, to wear a yellow ribbon around their arm to show support for Schapelle.
"We are seeing a theme emerging where people are empathising for a woman wrongly imprisoned," Mr Balderstone said.
"We hear that people will be wearing yellow ribbons, there is the dance, and some people will even be dressing up to look like her.
"This year a lot of people's minds will be on Schapelle."
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