Bravo, SWM and Welcome Fiji Freedom & Democracy Movement

Sydney, Australia – The Fiji community in Sydney has condemned the abrogration of Fiji’s constitution and launched an international campaign to restore democracy in their homeland.

A highly charged meeting of the Fiji community issued what it calls the Sydney Declaration condemning the abrogration of the 1997 constitution and calling on coup leader Frank Bainimarama to respect the Court of Appeal’s recommendation that a neutral government be appointed to take Fiji to immediate elections. 

Fiji’s former Land Forces Commander Jone Baledrokadroka said the Bainimarama regime is illegal.

”We tell Bainimarama your day is up,” he said to applause. “The writing is on the wall.”

The former land forces chief said non-violent action and tougher sanctions are needed to bring the Fiji government to its knees. 

The Sydney meeting endorsed a plan to set up an overseas movement for democracy. 

The movement plans to establish branches in other Australian cities and in New Zealand, Britain and the United States.

God bless Fiji


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  3. Politics & Church Dilemma

    It is quiet irony how some members of the Christian faith, especially a number of prominent Pastors, (Methodist, Pentecostals and Seven-Day Adventist), who are now committing themselves to the Fiji Democratic and Freedom Movement (Sydney) initiatives to restored democracy back in Fiji. Although, I applaud their love and empathy towards our brothers and sisters at home, however, what’s so disconcerting is the manner in which some (pastors) used religious rhetoric’s to legitimize their identification with the movement. A relative of mine who attend the first meeting at Yagoona (18 June, 2009) relates how evangelical Pastor Jone Tui justified his position with the movement, by proclaiming that Jesus was a POLITICAL CRUSADER, who came to help and liberate those who were victims of political injustice. With all due respect, Jesus shed his blood on the cross of Calvary to pay for the sins of all mankind, without undue prejudices. This includes the Jews, Gentiles, the Pharisees and the Roman soldiers who performed the final crucifixion of the Messiah. To translate such concept to the political situation in Fiji, the Cross of Calvary symbolised forgiveness and redemption for all stakeholders in Fiji, including the victims of political persecutions, political parties, Christians, Heathens, Atheist and the current interim government. The Church must remain the common denominator for sinners and the righteous alike, a sacred place where reconciliation of differences, rebuilding of past indiscretions and redemption of the soul is restored. And the Pastors, Priest, Bishops and religious authorities are instituted and called upon to act as mediators, guardians and counsellors to those seeking and in need of Gods’ divine love and forgiveness.

    Deutronomy 1:16-17
    16 At the time I instructed the judges, ‘You must hear the cases of your fellow Israelites and foreigners living among you. Be perfect with your decisions, 17 and be partial in your judgement. Hear the cases of those who are poor as well as those who are rich. Don’t be afraid of anyone’s anger, for the decision you make is God’s decision. Bring me any cases that are too difficult for you, and I will handle them’

    A major dilemma that is constraining the viability and sustainability of a solid and effective system of governance in Fiji is the conflicting role of the Church, both to the state, and religion. Church authorities from all religious denomination have a moral obligation to deliver what the Almighty has divinely ordained them with, which is to administer the Word of God and bring the lost souls back to the Kingdom of God. They must avoid the temptation of affiliating with any political parties or movements that may impaired their position of neutrality and fairness. What has become more prevalent in Fiji today is how religion has been politicised to legitimise a historical or nationalistic ideology. Since the first coup in 1987, nationalist and religious fundamentalist have used Christianity to demonize those who don’t belong to the faith. In fact, during the 2000 coup (George Speight) a famous evangelical preacher, while conducting a sermon at the parliamentary complex, to the coup sympathizers, refer to Speight the coup leader, as the biblical JOSHUA who came to complete the task that was started by STEVE (Rabuka) in the first coup (1987), for the liberation of the oppressors (The Fijian People). So in hindsight, the subsequent coups (87, 2000), was ordained by God to liberate and free the Fijian people, yet the 2006 coup were propagated by evil intentions. Reiterating the now defunct leader of the One Nation Party, Pauline Hanson famous phrase, can someone, “PLEASE EXPLAIN” such religious paradox. I sincerely believe that we must take a moment to step back, take a deep breath, and re-evaluate our obligation and priorities to the State, Vanua and the Church. May God Bless Our Souls?

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