Passive Resistance Now!

The illegal regime’s sabotage of Fijian Holdings Ltd is a milestone – it’s the last straw.  

Now is the time for Fiji’s pro-democracy movement to turn words into action.  

Many people, rightly, advocate peaceful, non-violent protest, and I agree with them wholeheartedly.  

Which is why I’ve compiled here a list of things we can ALL do to help bring down this regime, for instance one form of protest we must start is protest marches and walking vigils.  

I’ve also included an excellent list by ‘My 2 Cents Worth’ from Soli Vakasama, March 08 (with slight editing and additions)    

We can no longer allow this illegal regime to bully us, we must fight back – we cannot be Chodo’s victims any more.  

At some point, the people of Fiji must take responsibility for the manner in which we are governed.  

Yes, they have the guns.  But WE HAVE THE POWER.  

God bless Fiji



A) Protest March / Walking vigil. Every week, on Saturday morning, protesters go in to Suva and other main cities from 8 – 10am.  Walk slowly up and down the main street (Suva – Market to Traps, Nadi – Queens Rd, etc) for 2 hours.  As word grows, more and more people will join our weekly walking vigil for the end of this illegal regime.  Free elections is what we need most, and what this illegal regime fears most.  If you want to make placards and hold them that is your choice, but they could make you a target (for soldiers). You can call out slogans like ‘Free Fiji’ or ‘Elections Yes! No Chodo!’ or similar – just not near the Police Posts or military check points.  We might find after a few weeks that there is a better structure for this, and we should remain open to improvements.  But for now, we MUST begin public protests.  

B) When members of the illegal regime speak at public gatherings, protesters in the audience should stand, turn your back on the speaker, and remain standing, facing away from them until they finish speaking.  Stand quietly, solemnly with your back to the speaker.  If organizers try to remove you from the area, it is your choice to go quietly or not.  If no one stops you in your standing protest, then when the illegal regime speaker has finished, turn back to the front, and take your seat. 

C) If Vore is at a rugby match, when the announcer introduces him, stand and turn your back to Vore and keep it turned on him until a minute after the announcer has finished speaking.  Invite other crowd members to join you.  If Vore tries to speak, turn your back on him as in B) above. 

D) IT /EDP guys in the Public Service – ‘repair’ servers for days, keeping them ‘down’ as long as you can.  If you are called to repair a server or terminal, take twice as long as needed to repair it, or waste time by first concentrating on a part that is NOT broken, disassemble and reassemble it, taking as long as you need to, before turning your attention to the real problem. 

E) All Civil Servants (except teachers)

    1. One day each week, take a day off and call in sick.  Make sure you get a note from your doctor.  Each time, tell your doctor you are having headache, nausea, internal pains, blurred vision, fever and chills, pain in the joints, dizziness.  Encourage everyone in your department to do this once per week. 

    2. Go Slow at work.  Work at half of your normal pace.  Don’t slow up enough to get sacked, but slow enough to clog up the system so that this regime cannot govern effectively. 

    3. Take twice as long to process forms. 

    4. ‘Lose’ vital paperwork, or store computer files in the wrong folders.  

    5. Cause equipment (eg photocopier, computer, fuse box) to malfunction. 

    6. Send computer viruses to each other. 

    7. Send requests to other departments to urgently provide you with files from decades ago so that they can waste time researching them in the archives.

    8. If you come across any information relating to the regime’s plans eg to cripple native institutions, rig elections or cover-ups, immediately email the documents to or any of the other freedom bloggers.

  9. Take frequent breaks through the day to go to the toilet, or to drink water.  Go slow!  You can catch up next year under our new freely elected government. 

F) Keep writing to the foreign embassies, high commissions and delegations in Suva asking them to continue pressuring this illegal regime to their promised election schedule in March 2009, under the Constitution. 

G) Graffiti campaign – Paint ‘FF’ (short for Free Fiji) on any government property including the side of vehicles, buildings, tables, roads, etc.  Spray paints are easiest for quick graffiti, and also easy to drop if the authorities pass when you are in the act.  Make sure you hold the can with fabric or plastic between it and your hand so you don’t leave your fingerprints on the can. 

H) Boycott – Do not buy any goods from business houses which support this illegal regime. 

I) Sabotage – Send computer viruses to your friends and relations in the civil service.  Do this once a week. 

J) Media – You are the Fourth Estate, the last pillar of our freedom.  Do your thing!

K) NGO’s – Keep writing to your foreign contacts (UN, aid agencies, etc) to keep the pressure on the illegal regime, and to funnel funds where they’re needed – the people, the rule of law, NOT the regime. 

L) Cane farmers – write to the interim Finance Minister asking him where is the Haryana money, and can he urgently send you some.  

M) Come up with your own ideas for passive resistance, and post them on the blog-sites.  Not this one, because I prefer to direct commentary to Soli Vakasama, Discombobulated Bubu, Fiji Democracy Now, Intelligentsiya, et al.  


My 2 cents worth Says:

March 22, 2008 at 1:48 am

Show your passive resistance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For the illegal regime to survive it needs money. This comes from your spending (VAT) and taxes (individuals and businesses). If you don’t spend, businesses lose out, the economy contracts, which ultimately means the illegal regime loses out on its operational and capital expenditure. It is a sacrifice for you also in the short term. You may protest in your small way, save your own money, educate your kids and yourself, and stall the money into illegal Government coffers, which is what finances their illegal work. The cash flow will be a problem. Hit them where it hurts. What’s good for you is not necessarily good for the Government in an indirect way. 


Some suggestions

1. Food

A)Take your own lunch from home, do not go out and buy lunch or eat out at restaurants

B) . Start your own vegetable garden and eat from et

C) Give your kids lunch for school – don’t buy lunch, snacks

D) Eat more from the market and less from the supermarket

E) Buy in bulk e.g. flour, rice, sugar and budget it

F) Make your own bread, cakes, jam, pickles

G) Cook outside using wood

H) Have draunimoli instead of processed tea

I) Get food from family in the villages and pay them a fair price e.g. root crops, fish/meat (properly iced) etc

J) Make sure that that children, the old and pregnant women get a balanced meal


2. Water & Electricity

A) Drink water rather than juice, if you have a lemon tree than that’s even better

B) Catch the rainwater and use it

C) Switch off the lights if you don’t need it

D) Flush the toilet only for number 2 (not 1)

E) Wash your backside and save on toilet paper

F) Cook outside using wood

G) Sit outside until it’s dark then go inside

H) Use low wattage light bulbs or fluorescent tubes

I) Paw paw leaves are a mosquito repellant

J) Cut down on washing the car, watering plants, pathways etc.

K) Fill the sink up then wash the dishes instead of letting the tap run

L) Turn off electrical appliances at the main power point after use

M) Save the pieces of soap in the bathroom, it can be used for washing the dishes etc

N) Have a short cold shower


3. Clothing

A) Don’t buy new clothes etc. – only if you really need it

B) Check second hand places out first (e.g. St Vincent De Paul)

C) Hand downs from relatives/friends etc.

D) Sew you own clothes or modify second hand ones you get

E) Fashion your own clothes e.g. tye dye

F) Repair your shoes, don’t buy new ones if you can
 avoid it

G) Forget about what others think, if they really like you they’ll take you for what you are not what you wear


4. Shelter

A) Don’t buy a home if you’re planning to yet

B) If you rent, pay on the day it’s due, not before

C) Bargain with the Landlord – times are hard

D) Get the landlord to make necessary repairs and improvements


5. Transport

A) Walk or catch the bus to work, forget about taxis

B) If you have a car, leave it at home

C) If you plan to buy a car, hold off for a while

D) Get a bicycle, the fuel is free!


6. Health

A) Eat healthy, exercise, sleep well, talk with God

B) Use the public hospitals rather than private if you can


7. Communication

A) Cut down on unnecessary telephone calls, write, text, email for free from a library if you have to (ask yourself – do I really need to make this call)

B) Read the papers in a library or at the office or school

C) Tell visitors to Fiji how you feel about the situation you are facing


8. Church

A) You don’t have to compete for soli’s, choir, dress etc. – God knows – forget about what man says. However ensure talatala has enough to support his family and work

B) Thank God for his blessings however little you feel they may be, and ask for guidance


9. Vanua

A) Have small simple gatherings if you have to for occasions e.g. bose’s, deaths, births, marriages, birthdays etc. – do not drain your relatives and friends as well.  Keep things short and sweet. It’s the togetherness that counts not the lavishness.  Jesus was born in a stable, died on a cross

B) Respect your chiefs and elders, share honestly with them your thoughts and opinions, they should understand


10. Entertainment

A) Cut down on the smoking and yagona unless it is free or supporting the business of a freedom fighter. Dry and tuki the kosa again or smoke Fiji tobacco if you have to. Get it from the family in the village and pay them a fair price.

B) Cut out alcohol altogether so the regime cannot make any money from alcohol tax.  You’ll also be surprised how much time you get to spend with your loved ones when no one is boozing. 

C) Swim free in the sea and parks for picnics (forget about the cinemas – if you have to then watch television – it’s free, and unsubscribe from a paid service if you have it)

D) Stay away from pubs, nightclubs – spent quality time with the family

E) Forget about holidays – stay home

F) Read books (free from the library rather than buying them or watching television) or play cards 

G) Let the kids make and play their own games rather than buying toys from the shop 


11. Work

A) Do only what is minimally necessary to justify your salary

B) There’s no need to excel under the current system – you might get kicked out for being too smart – it’s not for the entrepreneurs, high flyers, ambitious – success is seen as being obtained by dubious means at present, and they don’t want anyone smarter than them.


12. Finance

A) Don’t borrow (if you don’t have it do without it)

B) Pay only what is minimally necessary for loans etc

C) If you have a credit card – pay only what is minimally due then cut it up and throw it away when your balance is cleared

D) Keep your extra money at home in a safe place – the interest rates by banks and their charges don’t justify banking what savings you may have unless it is substantial

E) Start a small sideline business if you can, rotate the money among family and friends eg roti parcel, lemonade stand, shop, etc


13. Education

A) No one can take this away from you

B) Support the children and encourage them, spend time with them every day with their home work and take an interest in their school work, praise them for their efforts even if to you it may seem trivial for them it is a big achievement

C) Learn one new thing every day to better yourself


14. General

A) Support democracy fighter businesses e.g. market, food parcels, juice, wheelbarrow, minibus, village, family, friends. 

B) Most importantly – Ask yourself before you spend something DO I REALLY NEED IT?

C) Remember – Government likes spenders not savers because they always get their cut!