A Queen's baton relay runner has campaigned against the practice of capital punishment in Commonwealth countries.
Father Peter Norden was supported by a group of silent protesters as he ran through inner-city Melbourne this afternoon.
The protesters held red placards with the words "Shame Singapore Shame" as Father Norden went past.
Father Norden, who campaigned against Singapore's hanging of convicted drug trafficker Van Nyugen last year, has rejected criticism of the protest.
He says the Commonwealth Games baton relay is an appropriate place to champion his cause.
"Thirty-five of the 37 Commonwealth countries that have capital punishment still put a noose around people's necks," he said.
"We don't believe that in a civilised society that this practice should continue."
He has compared the protest to the Queen's campaign against AIDS and says the Commonwealth Games is an appropriate place to raise the issue.
But Commonwealth Games Minister Justin Madden says the baton relay is not the appropriate event to champion other causes.
"If anyone individual purports to use it for any other message that's disappointing," he said.
"But we still maintain that the baton is about the goodwill of the Commonwealth, the Queen's message and the opportunity for those unsung heroes to carry the baton."
14 Mar 2006
Protesters take part in Queen's baton relay