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"Tonight You Will Kill Two Good Men" Artist Tells Indonesian President

Celebrated Australian artist Ben Quilty's heartbreaking message to Joko Widodo on the eve of Bali executions.

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Archibald prize-winning artist Ben Quilty has posted a powerful letter to the Indonesian president on social media, praising condemned prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and vowing to fight against the death penalty for the rest of his life.

Quilty wrote that Chan and Sukumaran would "calm and console" the seven other prisoners "right up until the last second."

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"I know that before the sound of your guns the island will hear the comforting whisper of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan."

The artist has been a friend and mentor to Myuran Sukumaran since teaching him how to paint in prison. On Tuesday he wrote "Myu is ok. He is ready for what is to come. But with his passing my world will take a dark plunge backwards."

Myuran Sukumaran has been painting harrowing self-portraits right up until the day of his execution.

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Sukumaran's lawyers have been returning each day from the prison island Nusakambangan, with new artworks.


Vigils organised by activist group Mercy Campaign will be held across Australia tonight.

Join us tonight in lighting a candle for the boys. Send us a pic using the hashtag #IstandforMercy -We will unite with them until the end-