We will not give up says suicide team

THE ORGANISERS of the cancelled suicide workshops in Eastbourne have vowed to come to the town at a later date.

Exit International, the pro-euthanasia group, had hoped to hold a talk and workshop aimed at showing elderly and ill people who to end their lives.

But the venue, the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, cancelled and days after organisers managed to secure a booking at the Under Ground Theatre, it too pulled out.

The pro-euthanasia group leader, Dr Nitschke said that he had chosen Eastbourne because of its retirement population who have a particular interest in the issue.

The doctor, who shot to fame when assisted suicide was still legal in Australia, was disappointed the Eastbourne meeting was called off.

“Unfortunately we are beat in Eastbourne for this tour,” he said. “The fact that the cancellation took place at such short notice we found exasperating and rude.

“It is strange a meeting can happen in that most Catholic of cities - Dublin - but not in Eastbourne.

“In any case we will use the next six months to put plans in place for future venue options. Eastbournians deserve better than to have their free speech stifled like this.”

Dr Nitschke has tried three times now to hold talks and workshops in Eastbourne. The Langham Hotel cancelled a booking and Eastbourne Borough Council has also refused to let the doctor use any of its venues.