It seems the protocols of New Zealand, Australia and the United States have their uses when it suits the illegal regime.
After telling tourists to ignore travel advisories posted by the three countries for the past four years, the regime is now urging people to heed a warning by the US Embassy about its people getting involved in any marches in the country today.
In a statement released yesterday evening, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information, Sharon Smith Johns, backed Frank Bainimarama's earlier claim the permits for two major marches had been cancelled because of the US travel advisory.
In her release she says the Embassy sent out a alert on Wednesday warning American citizens that "these marches may have an anti government tone and it is possible that assembled groups may become unruly".
Smith Johns said the cancellation of the annual Coalition of Human Rights march and the Fiji one planned for in Suva today is unfortunate.
"Government had given the permit for the march in October, this was a planned peaceful march of women, children and families to show their support for human rights."
She says "given these circumstances it is most unfortunate that Government has had to cancel the planned march."
"It's understood the US Embassy was reacting to an anonymous blog suggesting the march was not going to be a peaceful one."
She said it was unbecoming for one of the most powerful countries in the world to be reacting to statements which originated from a blog-site.
"As you know we do not react to this type of information because it has proven time and again to be inaccurate and detrimental to the country. However, on this occasion for some reason the American Embassy has chosen to take heed of gossip and rumor rather than confirm the facts with the Fiji Government."
She stressed the reason for the cancellation was because basically the American Embassy was causing confusion among the people of Fiji.
"What was supposed to be a peaceful march in support of Human Rights Coalition, is now not happening", and why, " all because the American Embassy decides to advice US citizens of the possibility of violence and riots based on a blog site.
But Smith Johns failed to say the regime has for years been telling tourists to ignore the travel advisory of the three countries. Its explanation for the cancellation is ridiculous and is already being torn to shreds by people who say the regime is running scared from an anti-Baini march. Picture: Baini and Smith Johns.