"There is no assault or implication, or confirmations of any assault ... you know, there would be some minimal force used if people [resist] arrest."
Land Forces Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, was back out today defending the regime and pedalling the line that RFMF soldiers don't beat citizens.
Tikoitonga's lame assurances came as regional and international media zoomed in on the Frank Bainimarama regime, and its recent brutal crackdown on citizens.
Australian, New Zealand and British media all picked up on the recent beatings and torture of a number of people (revealed by freedom blogs), ranging from youths to former Cabinet Ministers, journalists and trade unionists.
Amnesty International, of course, has brought its considerable weight to bear, highlighting in the past week the mistreatment of locals by soldiers at the QEB barracks.
Yet, Tikoitonga today claimed no beatings had occurred, and insisted the people behind the allegations had a political agenda.
He told Radio Australia the Fiji military is only involved in arresting people, if police request their help and when the public emergency regulations have been broken.
Naively and predictably, he went on to say the people making allegations should be using the legal system to air their concerns and not just the media.
He then went on to justify the violence on citizens as necessary and acceptable under the PER.
"There is no assault or implication, or confirmations of any assault ... you know, there would be some minimal force used if people [resist] arrest.
"The mere fact that they have disobeyed the public emergency regulations is testimony to the fact that they have different agendas."
Spoken like a true dumb soldier following the orders of someone who has lost the plot.
Like the despotic Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, the world knows Frank Bainimarama is a dictator who is using the army, illegal decrees and the Public Emergency Regulations to stay in power.
The world also already knows of two of the soldiers behind the beatings, both of whom have been identified to Coupfourpointfive as Major Penioni Naliva (top left) with Bainimarama and Captain Aseri Rokoura (above right).