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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Organiser: 'Rally called off because of heavy police and military presence'

Yesterday's planned anti-government demonstration in Suva was apparently called off in the face of high numbers of police and military personnel.
Radio Australia has reported it has been told by pro-democracy groups their attempt to rally at Albert Park in Suva was foiled by the heavy police and military presence.

Suliasi Daunitutu was quoted as saying the strong military turnout may have been ordered amid fears in Fiji that anti-government unrest in the Middle East could inspire domestic opponents.

Daunitutu said it was too risky to go ahead with the protest but maintained "there was about 40 or a little bit over that were there for the demonstration. But they were outnumbered by about one to 50 in police officers and military personnel. The police presence was chock-a-block."

On the Matavuvale blog, some people have said they were at Albert Park yesterday for the march and that others were there, too, although on the periphery of the ground.

One blogger said there were Police in uniform below the pavilion, plus some on foot patrol and that the army were parked up the road next to the tennis court, plus more in four wheel drives on the road next to Thurston Gardens.

Critics, however, say the only thing happening at Albert Park was the rugby.

The failure of the march was a disappointment to those hoping for democracy, including this blog. We have sent several emails to the organiser and are still waiting for a reply.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good thing they didn't march.
Knowing Vuaka, he probably gave those stupid termites the orders to shoot to kill.
Vuaka is derranged. We can see that by the bashing of that man copying dvds.

Anonymous said...

C4.5 : Was Daunitutu there in person? If he was then he should have carried on regardless. Then he will find out first-hand why people in Fiji are not attending such things. Our safety and those of our families are more important to us - BUT one day!! We will rise from the ashes!! It will be no turning back then - guns or no guns!!

SEGA NA LEQA QARA NA LEQA said...

There was no march yesterday because the outnumbered of security forces in Albert Park.

There is no guts in Fiji to start or lead the protest march. SULIASI DAUNITUTU please if you push us to go on the park and have the FREE FIJI MARCH it will be better if you come home and lead the march as you have released in your video recordings.

SA QAI RERE KO SULI..........

Sa rauta said...

I thought this was all anticipated -the military presence - and that there was the call to have video recording etc. and have them posted quickly onto facebook and twitter.

My conclusion - there is very minimal support for the FDM in Fiji. When they had the March in Australia how many turned up? And that's even without the supposed Fiji military presence.

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE OF FJI SHOULD SIGN A
A LETTER OF PETITION TO THE GREAT COUNCIL OF CHIEFS AND PRESIDENT AND MILITARY COUNCIL TO SACK BANI/AG TALIBAN.
THIS IS A GOOD START.WE DONT SUPPORT THE COUP BUT SUPPORT THE CLEAN UP.
THESE GUYS HAVE LOST THE PLOT.
THESE GUYS LIKE OUR PAST LEADERS BEEN BOUGHT BY BUSINESS PEOPLE FOR MONEY.
SAD FOR FIJIANS/INDIANS .ALL OUR FIJI LEADERS HAVE LET US DOWN.
GOD BLESS.
NO MARCH .WE DONT WANT PEOPLE TO DIE.
WE DO IT THE LEGAL WAY.

pfffff said...

Puftaland.

Puf-Military said...

All it takes is for one soldier to have some courage, take his pistol and double tap Piggy. Bloody cowards, u caused this mess clean it up idiots

Anonymous said...

Im a pro-democracy advocate. But this figure is ridiculous. Im puzzled about:- "....there was about 40 or a little bit over that were there for the demonstration. But they were outnumbered by about one to 50 in police officers and military personnel".

Would that make 2,000 cops at Albert Park? Really?

Anonymous said...

Levu ga na bullshit.....Pliz dont talk the work, work the talk....
for you bloggers overseas kua mada na va catch him tiko mai.....utura tiko mai buka....ni lako mai me rawa ni mai caka na march o ni tukuna tiko qori...........

LEVU NA VOSA SA LEVU TALEGA NA SONA.....

Anonymous said...

This is bullshit and Radio Australia should be ashamed. Fiji journos actually turned up to Albert park but no one there. There was no heavy or police military presence. The people of Suva would have told the world on facebook or by emails if this was so. Suli is a liar! How can Radio Australia rely on someone in Sydney to con them about things on the ground in Suva. Stop fooling people

Anonymous said...

Funny but i live near Albert Park and i recall zero activity in regards to the March. And yes there was only a rugby match going on. It is a wonderful thing that someone wants to give us a voice but we are lambs to the slaughter when it comes to fighting this regime. We all know Frank will not take things lying down.

Anonymous said...

kAI VITI should take a stand now, make some sacrifice. In this situation some will die, hurt, jail etc,complain on the blogs will not change any thing. if we need a change then make some some sacrifice Kai Viti.

Anonymous said...

Face a very simple fact.Frank cannot,just cannot now step aside.He has reached and is well beyond the point of no return.If necessary to preserve his position he will order the army to do whatever it takes to quell any attempt to unseat him.So,the real question is.will the soldiers ,when faced with the prospect of shooting their own do so?THAT REMAINS A SERIOUS UNKNOWN and could yet cost many lives.

Anonymous said...

I think C4.5 you guys are doing a very good thing.
Because there is no other media exposing the corruption by Bainimarama and his thugs.
In this way you are letting the young people know what is really going on, because lots of them read the blogs.
Not even the sotia ni solisona know what Bai is doing. Only a few people in the circle know. The rest are just grunts and they just do what they are told. Brain not working there obviously.
It's not in Bai's interest that these soldiers be educated, so you'll see that he has put a stop to that. Only education he is giving is brainwashing them on his version of dina, dodonu & savasava.

So, thank you C4.5. You're doing a good job. Keep exposing their corruption. One day when people are totally fed up then Bainimarama's castle will come tumbling down.

Anonymous said...

Daunitutu - you can tremote control revolutions my friend - unlike the Ayatollah! However, on a serious note, leaders are meant to lead. If you want a revolution, get your butt out here and lead. Dont let others be your sacrifical lambs.

Anonymous said...

THE MAIN PROBLEM IS WE FIJIANS JUST DONT KNOW HOW TO SKIN A CAT.....NO "IF NO BUT"...END OF STORY....

Delilah said...

@ Anony 2.12pm

I was doing the same math and thought how ridiculous it sounded! @ the end of the day whoever posted that story is just bull-shitting...
Its too 'HOT' so to speak to have a march as dictators/communists around the world are on their guard due to what all is happening in the Middle East etc. I suppose the time to do such things is when the unsuspecting is being surprised. Hope that made sense...

Anonymous said...

Franko should not accept that guitar gift as it would tantamount to corruption. No public servant should accept a gift from the public or private companies, it encourages bribery and it goes against his very justification for the coup.

Anonymous said...

C4.5 for your own credibility please stop posting entries with vulgar/insensitive words. Just post factual, intellectual arguments/news! You see ppl like Anon 9.06am is talking about himself, he can go speak to himself in the mirror and leave this forum to cool headed people! Not cowards who come spill their filthy garbage in this forum. Vinaka.

Anonymous said...

In addition, Anon 9.06am uses the same type of language BAINI uses!!! Laurai vakavinaka ... tukuni sara tiko ga vei rau na vosa ya!!!

Anonymous said...

The fact is that many people in Fiji just have not reached the point of no return yet. Generally people still have food on the table although it is getting harder and harder to do that. The media continues to paint a rosy picture of the goverment thanks to the PER bill and life goes on albeit at a snails pace. Thinks will only come to a head when the shit hits the fan completely meaning no food no jobs total economic collapse etc etc. When that happens then people may stand up but knowing Fiji who nows. We are the most passive people on the planet. The kaidia dont care anymore and are just thinking of the PR visa. They have not been wanted in this country since 1987 so all they can think of is getting the hell out of this country and the kaiviti can only stand up when they have to bully the kaidia who are generally physically weaker and smaller then them in genetic makeup. When they have to face a similar apponent they are "lamusona". And so Fiji's sorry state of affairs continue for a few decades more to come.We will one day get rid of Frank because he will either drop dead eventualy or some soldier will pop him and then what, we will get another racist pig to replace him in the name of democracy. Long live Fiji.

Anonymous said...

All it takes...is one brave soldier with balls to pull that trigger. Then we'll make him President for life. Cut the monster's head off and the rest of its body will wither away. Watch the rest of his "yes-man" go scurrying for the nearest foxhole. Dadgum no-combat posers. Only combat they've ever seen is on a video game. Fore-skin...I mean...four-skill aint shit.