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Terror and threats as Fiji suffers under the hand of a tyrant

With thanks to Raw Fiji News for pointing out this article in The Times (the original one, based in London).  Under this illegitimate regime, Fiji makes the international headlines for all the wrong reasons.  

Liz Jamieson in Suva – The attacks began a couple of weeks ago. While families slept petrol bombs were thrown through their windows and cars were set on fire. This week an attempt was made to set the offices of a prominent trade unionist on fire while his employees worked inside.

The message was clear to the victims, who include a newspaper editor, a lawyer and a former army colonel: stop speaking out against the regime.

“We are afraid for our lives,” one of the victims, who would not be named, told The Times. ‘My wife and I don’t sleep at night, we are always wondering when the next bomb will come or when they will come for us with their guns. I have been imprisoned and beaten all over my body and face; they told me that the next time they come for me my wife can pick up my body from the morgue.”

This is not Zimbabwe or Burma. This is Fiji, the tourist jewel of the South Pacific and, until recently, the most sophisticated of the island nations in this region.

It is still one of the most popular tourist destinations for Australians, New Zealanders and Britons. Each day tourists are taken by shuttle bus from Nadi airport to their luxury resorts, where they snorkel, swim and play golf, sheltered behind the bougainvillea from the shadows that haunt the people.

Since 2006, when Fiji endured its fourth coup in 20 years, the country has been ruled by a military regime that has suppressed dissent through detention and torture while the coup leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has refused to hold elections.

A week ago the regime took a step towards total dictatorship. After a ruling by the Appeals Court on April 9 that Mr Bainimarama had been appointed Prime Minister illegally under the 1997 Constitution, the ailing 89-year-old President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, acting after consultation with Mr Bainimarama, revoked the Constitution, sacked the judiciary and reappointed Commodore Bainimarama as premier for a minimum term of five years.

A state of emergency was declared, police were placed in every newspaper and television newsroom to censor stories and a series of draconian decrees were published, including a ban on gatherings of more than three people.

All constitutional office holders, including the Supervisor of Elections, the Ombudsman, the Auditor-General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Police and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, were replaced by people of the regime’s choosing.

In the past week journalists have been jailed along with the President of the Law Society, who organised a protest outside the Supreme Court over the sacking of judges.

All foreign media was ejected and radio transmitters from Australia and New Zealand, which were the only link that Fiji had to news from the outside world, have been shut.

Fiji is isolated and its people are left unprotected and at the hands of its increasingly unpredictable dictator.

“Please don’t call him a dictator,” an adviser to Laisenia Qarase, the former Prime Minister, said. “This man is a terrorist. Everyone is scared; no one knows who will be the next to be taken away.”

Fiji presents an appearance of calm. The streets of the capital Suva are quiet, the people go about their daily lives as normal but there is an atmosphere of foreboding.

Speaking in a whisper behind a closed door while a soldier stalked through the offices of her organisation, a human rights worker said: “They are terrifying people into silence. We are getting stories from the countryside that they are going into the villages with guns and marching the youths away at gunpoint but no one can do anything.

“The ordinary people now have no recourse to justice. There are no courts, they have no voice. Everyone feels completely helpless.”

Asked if she was scared, she said: “Not for me. But I have got a phone call reminding me they know where my daughter goes to school.”

Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, the Vice-President for the Government of Mr Qarase, said: “Once the Prime Minister gets something into his mind, no amount of sane advice will move him. This regime has no integrity or good faith but they now have total power.”

When Mr Bainimarama came into power in 2006 he seemed to be a force for good but support for an uprising even among the educated elite is growing.

“No one knows what will happen next,” said Graham Leung, a former Law Society president. “Don’t assume that because the Fijians are quiet on the surface they are celebrating, because they are not.

“We are dealing with a situation that is dynamic and resistant and may evolve into something that is violent.”

He added: “We can’t expect outside help. Democracy will have to be fought for and won here.”

A source with close links to former senior officers, said: “Senior members of the military have made it clear that enough is enough. They think this time he’s gone too far.”

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God bless Fiji

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

So, Vore has paid the Indian Government FJD8m of tax payers’ money for a piece of land to build a new Super Consulate / Chancery in Delhi. 

Apparently the land is valued at $23m.  And yet the Indian Government, which is not known for unconditional generosity (and has learned many a useful lesson in their time as an ally to Soviet Russia) has decided to gift it to the illegal interim regime of Fiji for a paltry $8 million. 

Hmm. 

Meanwhile, Vore is trying madly to cut ties with the Pacific Forum, which occupies a similarly well appointed plot of land in Suva.  Obviously Suva and Delhi are not exactly on par with each other. 

But if Vore manages to oust the Forum from Fiji, what will happen to that land?  My money says the illegal regime will sell it to the Indian Government for a similarly paltry sum, as a quid pro quo for the plot in Delhi.  

One thing is for sure – whatever the payback, you can bet the land in Delhi comes with a hidden price tag that our electorate would NEVER condone under democratic rule.  

Yet another part of the malodorous Chodokant’s ‘Master Plan’ which he continues to inflict on our nation, bully that he is.  The purchase, which is surely unconstitutional, is without doubt unethical. 

How can we stop Vore and Chodo?  By speaking out.  By public protest, strikes and speaking with one united voice.  We want free and fair elections, Fiji for democracy NOW. 

God bless Fiji

 

Bai-in-India = Bainidia

Bai keraik! 

Has our fate become so hopeless that Bainimarama is now kowtowing directly to nefarious, faceless investors from the malodorous Chodokant’s Mother India?  

What happened to the clarion call transparency and accountability?  We used to be able to vote on such matters, or at least voice an opinion about them.  Now Vore is appealing, behind our backs and out of sight, to people (we know not whom) for favours that, again, we know nothing about.  Whenever PM Qarase went on such missions he always had a clear agenda, and was careful to keep the media and the electorate informed.  

These people could be anybody – organised crime, international drug rings, Al Qaeda, slave traffickers … anybody.  But because Vore has divorced himself from accountability, he feels there is no need to explain himself to We The People.  Meanwhile We The People have no recourse to question him, except through the blogs.  

Or public protest.  How about it, folks?  

God bless Fiji

Copernicus, Where Are You?

Something, other than the obvious, has really been bothering me about the progress of this illegal regime.

Aside from the devastation, havoc, disease and corruption that has sprung up in its wake, this illegal regime has brought something even more sinister to our shores, something that refuses to show its face but, like a thief in the night, leaves an indelible mark. 

Start at the beginning.  We all know that Vore lacks the intelligence to carry off this coup-d’etat under his own steam.  The planning was too meticulous for him to have thought this through without a hell of a lot of help and direction from another source.  Things like confining PM Qarase to Lau, not allowing him to leave the country to drum up international support.  That was smart, way smarter than Vore could ever hope to think up on his own.

It is generally accepted that Chodopu$$ was the ‘brains’ behind the coup.  That may even be a bit true.  Chodo certainly has taken on the role of the Master to Vore’s puppet dummy.  Distancing himself from the regime just in time so that, if elections were held, Chodo would have a chance of standing again as leader of the Laboured Party – that plan bears all the hallmarks of Chodo’s thinking.

But the current state of affairs just doesn’t make sense.  Vore knows he is running the country inexorably into the ground.  Chodo is currently the most hated person of the entire sugar community.  Money is coming in from somewhere to prop up this farce of a regime (although no-one knows from where, exactly).  Tourism is flushing slowly but surely down the toilet.  None of this makes sense if you accept that scenario that Vore and Chodo are the only ones running the whole show.

So we are left with 2 possibilities.

1)    Vore and Chodo have totally lost the plot and the country is running like a rudderless ship.

2)    There is another puppet Master controlling these two and this person or organisation wants Fiji to be completely devastated for reasons unknown (but we can guess).

Those who read this blog and my postings elsewhere will know that I have no love for Chodo, and that I believe there is no depravity beneath him, no depths to which he will not sink to feed his sick craving for power.  But he also is not smart enough to have engineered this devastation of our country without support from elsewhere – yes, you guessed it – India.

Looking at patterns in Fiji’s fate over the last 2 years, one starts to feel like Copernicus.  The spinning planets before us do not make sense, their course is mathematically impossible, until you realise that there is a single, enormous centrifugal force carrying them all forward like a merry go round.  That force is coming from somewhere in India.  That force requires that we have no rule of law.  That force requires that we alienate our neighbours and allies.  That force requires that we live under military rule.  That force requires our indigenous way of life, rights and institutions to be wiped out irrevocably.  That force requires that a nation which was once the hub of the Pacific is devastated economically, politically, socially, literally and forever more. 

What does this force want from us?  Without spying on Chodo 24-7 on his jaunts to India, one can hazard a guess.  This is about power.  Someone is financing Chodo, feeding him ideas, resources and inspiration for his ‘vision’ of Fiji.  But whoever it is has no respect for democracy, the rule of law or indigenous rights.  They will be a criminal organisation (too much money to be legit and they need shaky-, or no-, rule of law).  They will think nothing of corrupting politicians or the judiciary.  They will probably never show their face in Fiji (too smart for that) but will pull the strings from India and other points abroad.  

I must state here that I have a deep, real respect for the good people of India, and my Indo-Fijian brothers and sisters.  This ‘force’ from India is not from them, of them, nor are they tarred with its brush.  You get criminal minds, a***holes and megalomaniacs from any and every nation on earth.  It’s just our bad luck that Chodopu$$ has shacked up with one from India.  He could just as easily have found one from China, Africa, or South America.  

If this ‘conspiracy theory’ is too far fetched and racy for you, then that leaves Option 1, that Vore and Chodo have lost the plot and are running the country as a rudderless ship.  If this is the case, then all WE THE PEOPLE need to do is tell them to get off.  We do this through public protest, strikes, international pressure and … oh, you know the rest. 

God bless Fiji

Chodopu$$ in his Mother(***king) land

So, the malodorous Chodokant has returned to India.  

http://www.fijilive.com/news_new/index.php/news/show_news/12467

A few problems with his ‘mission’ over there.  

In the first instance, what Fiji needs now is countries that will BUY our goods.  Chodo doesn’t care about that.  He’s not trying to sell our goods in India, he wants us to buy their stuff which, frankly, isn’t the first thing on the list of what Fiji really needs in this time of crisis. 

In the second instance, once again, Chodo has proven that Fiji’s interests are not what he has at heart.  All he cares about is India India India.  And India’s interests.  Actually, that’s a great thing.  But if he loves India so very much, why the hell doesn’t he just stay there?  Leave Fiji, leave us and our impoverished cane farmers the **** alone so we can solve our own problems and we can be rid of him and his rancid son once and for all.  

Thirdly, Chodo is trying to use Jim Ah Koy’s cosy love-in with the Chinese government as leverage to compel the Indian government to get more involved with what is going on in Fiji, shown in his comment “… much as China has been doing.”  I know that our situation in Fiji is worse than bad.  But his attitude shows his complete lack of respect for our nation’s sovereignty in that he is trying to impose an external solution (from India) rather than let us sort out our own problems (getting to free and fair elections).  Direct flights to India ain’t gonna get us free and fair elections.  In fact, if Chodo has anything to do with it, it will have the opposite effect.  

Please, whoever is checking-in Chodo’s return flight – can you refuse to board him?  Let him stay in India.  Forever.  Do us all a favour (even him).  

God bless Fiji

Democracy & War

According to Great Britian’s former Prime Minister, Tony Blair who gave his inaugural lecture at Yale this week, in the history of the world, no two democracies have ever gone to war against each other.  The statement has the kind of shocking simplicity which makes one stop and think.  But what about Great Britain and Argentina, didn’t they fight over the Falklands?  Yes.  But Argentina at that time was not a democracy.  What of India and Pakistan?  Well yes, the tensions between the two are undeniable.  But they have never taken the last, decisive step into war.  South and North Korea?  South democracy 1, North democracy 0.  What about all those wars in Africa?  Well, as marvellous as Africa is, democracy remains thin on the ground although where it has thrived, so has life, economy and stability.

So where does that leave Fiji, “the way the world should be”?  No wonder our neighbours in the Pacific Islands Forum are getting nervous.  With our historic propensity for coup-d’etat and our trigger-happy coward of a dictator covetously eying the seat of the President, the prospect of war in the Pacific is not completely off the table.

Bainimarama and his Master Chodo (who has left the regime but remains without doubt the main puppeteer) continue to play their dangerous game with the lives of Fiji’s people, and the futures of our children.  Bainimarama might think he has broken free of Chodo, but Chodo’s mysterious financial backers hover in the wings, just out of sight but ever willing to send forth their reinforcements, money, whatever, to support Chodo’s plan eradicate indigenous self-determination.  Meanwhile I’m Coy has got the China interested, another non-democratic state who would not think twice about helping Fiji further down the road away from democracy, lifting some very useful mineral resources along the way.

Thank God for the democratic states and institutions who continue to support Fiji’s return to democracy.  Australia, NZ, the Forum, the EU, USA, UK, the ADB et al remain consistent in their message and actions that Fiji must return to free and fair elections as soon as possible.

Bainimarama needs to understand that he has got to where he is today through Chodo’s planning but also through dumb luck.  That luck has run out. The only skin Chodo is protecting is his own.  The long arm of the law has found Vore, at last.  The aid agencies won’t fund him.  The ADB can’t deal with him because of his illegality.  Justice is catching up with him through Mr Qarase’s case, SDL’s complaint, CJ Fatiaki’s case and a slew of other cases waiting for their day in court.  The foreign judges he has appointed cannot rule against the Constitution, unless of course they want to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they are utterly corrupt.  Where next for Frankie?  In his desperation he is trying the UN.  Fat chance.  Unless he can find a sub-committee chaired by Mugabe and comprising Tan Shwe, Kim Jong Il, Pik Botha, Pol Pot, Stalin and the wacko from Tajikistan.  Of course he has the option to abrogate the Constitution, but somehow I don’t think the Military Council or the common soldiery will stand for it.

No, Vore has reached his impasse.

Let us pray that in his weariness he somehow finds the wisdom and the courage to call it a day, and surrender to God’s will and the will of the people, and bow out.

Let Vore surrender to democracy, and let the people of Fiji have our freedom once again to be free from tyranny, instability and the prospect of war.

God bless Fiji

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