The ninth anniversary of the 2000 coup, went by mostly unnoticed today. Unlike last year, where statements were made, all was quite this year, because of the PER in Fiji.
These statements were made last year, to mark the eighth anniversary of the George Speight coup.
“We are not scared of this because we cannot surrender our values. We cannot surrender democracy to terrorist elements, to thugs. Now we go to the people in general elections with a very clear platform. And we were elected as we were in 1987 and 2000 and therefore we are entitled to a term of 5 years in government. It is for the people of this country to elect or to remove governments through the ballot box, not through the bullet."
Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Pal Chaudhry – 22nd May 2005 (Fiji Television Close-Up marking 5th anniversary of 19th May 2000 coup)
- “Coups do not pay. Anyone who’s thinking of doing it should seriously think about the consequences. Also, they have a massive drain on the economy and also there is a flight of intellectual property, very well qualified people also leave and the country suffers. No one really wants coups.”
Rajendra Pal Chaudhry – 19th May 2008 (Fiji TV One National News marking the 8th anniversary of 19th May 2000 coup)
“I explained to the Council (Great Council of Chiefs) that we are expected to be seen to be upholding the rule of law, that no one, least of all chiefs, should be seen to be above the law. The law is meant for everyone and everyone is equal under the law. With that in mind the Council (GCC) made its own decision, that no, the rule of law must take its course despite the fact that we have some chiefs and others who are in positions of influence implicated."
Ratu Epeli Ganilau (Interview in Islands Business Magazine of April 2004 in his capacity as the then GCC Chairman supporting police probe into the May 2000 coup)