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.