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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Roko Ului Mara: On the road to Damascus?

THE MOMENT: Paul's epiphany on the road to Damascus.
  


Since leaving Fiji on a fishing trip, the renegade Colonel’s political journey has been likened to St Paul’s conversion after seeing the proverbial light – welcomed by some and regarded with suspicion by others, writes IVA TORA.
 
This is a modified version of an article that appears in the July edition of the Sydney-based print Magazine, Drum Pasifika and has been reproduced here with the publisher’s approval.


A story related to me by a politics lecturer tells of how President Lyndon B Johnson was asked by reporters where there was any truth to the rumour that FBI pit bull. J Edgar Hoover was about to retire – a move that would have been  sure to launch a thousand champagne corks exploding across Washington and beyond. To those well versed with the political shenanigans on Capitol Hill, Hoover, as FBI Director, kept secret files on the extracurricular activities of anyone and everyone in Washington. The man had an obsessive voyeurism that guaranteed he had enough dirt to bring down a government. So when asked by the White House press corps whether Hoover was indeed about to retire, Johnson famously responded in that colourful nasally Texan drawl: “Weeellll, I’d Rather have him [Hoover] standing on thuh insaard pissing out than to have him standing on thuh outsaard pissing in.”  

It’d be safe to say that those words, opined from a long-ago era, were sentiments the Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement could happily relate to when Lt-Col Tevita Mara went fishing one day and ended up in Tonga. Since that infamous fishing trip, whose exact GPS has been the subject of many a colourful debate around the grog bowl, the movement has welcomed the renegade colonel who once had the ear of military strongman Frank Bainimarama. Since his departure for Tonga in May, they, like many others, have lauded him for his bravery in “seeing the light” and “crossing the floor”. The movement’s cause has been encouraged by, to borrow Johnson’s analogy, the Colonel’s eagerness to “piss and tell”. At the June 11 meeting of the Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement in Quenbeyan, on the outskirts of Canberra, Mara spoke of the disillusionment he and fellow Colonel Pita Driti felt over the direction that Bainimarama had set the country on. “We were no longer following the vision laid down by Bainimarama. We started to question the decisions being made by the regime. Our questions became more and more vocal and we became the voices of dissent in the Military Council. It reached the point where we were both sent on leave and finally charged. It became apparent that Bainimarama had only one advisor, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. In fact Khaiyum was not an advisor but a puppet master.”

Mara went on to point out that despite setting up the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC), they themselves are guilty of corruption. “We all know about Bainimarama and Khaiyums’s salaries of over $700,000. I don’t think it is a coincidence, this week Khaiyum disbanded the organisation that monitors and controls government pay, The Higher Salaries Commission. We know about the massive government road building jobs that were awarded without tender.”  This disillusionment was what apparently led to Mara’s change of heart and epic decision to switch sides. In his address to the audience gathered at the Canberra Forum, his apology and willingness to be held accountable for his actions seemed genuine enough. A number of pro-Democracy activists and sources who spoke to ‘Drum Pasifika’, agreed – at least on that score.

One Fiji-based activist who spoke anonymously for obvious reasons, said Mara’s motives “seem noble”. “So far, I have heard a lot of praise from this end about Roko Ului’s revelations and people are seeking closure over what they have been feeling for years now,” the activist said. “He is trying to make amends. He can also help change the direction of the military and ensure they become morally obliged to protect the people of Fiji - and not just protect the commander.”  But while Mara was at pains to express his intention to be held accountable for his actions, he stopped short of accepting any ‘personal’ responsibility for the beatings of activists and dissidents – reports of which regularly appeared in the media before the imposition of the media decree. When ‘Drum Pasifika’ asked him what he would have to say to the families of those victims who had been abused by the military and killed, he denied any personal involvement. “I was not personally involved in the beatings of anyone.”  

This claim is strongly denied by activists and other reliable sources. One source said he once witnessed Mara physically harassing an activist and not lifting a finger to stop the beating of an individual. “He may not have been personally involved but he was definitely the one giving the orders,” according to the source who now lives abroad for his own safety. Another Democracy activist says he was verbally abused by him. “I have been detained five times,” the activist told ‘Drum Pasifika’. “Once I was taken to Roko Ului's Office and he verbally abused me. This was in 2009 after the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution. In 2006, Xmas, Roko Ului was present at the military barracks when they rounded up pro-Democracy activists. Frank Bainimarama was also there. I could not see them abuse any of us because they turned [all] the lights off and we were beaten continuously.”
While Mara is no poster boy for human rights, the Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement has decided it will embrace him with the attitude that they will “milk him for all he’s worth”. This is real politik at its most basic. While it makes good practical sense to students of the Machiavellian school, to individuals, however, who are familiar with the colonel’s history, Mara is someone who should be viewed with a great deal of caution. Mara and Jone Baledrokadroka – that other disillusioned army colonel – are now garnering as much support as they can from regional leaders, unions and other organisations to return Fiji to Democracy. While these attempts to secure international support are all well and good, at the end of the day, change can only come if there is a change of heart on the ground in Fiji. As one activist told ‘Drum’: “The problem is, there is no political will.”
Democracy movements outside Fiji can make as much noise and protest and take to the streets as much as they want, but the crucial missing ingredient is action at the grassroots level in Fiji. Earlier this year, a leaked Wiki Leaks cable cited the observations of one diplomat from the NZ High Commission in Suva who concluded that the people have to decide their political future. This could be read to mean that instead of tolerating and merely going along with the abusive whims of a dictatorship, the people have to make a conscious deliberate decision if it is change that they really want. 
“There is a common feeling of dissatisfaction with the regime here but because of the censoring of the media and fear of arrests/abuses (coupled with a sense of impunity) people will not take to the streets unless there is a strong leader capable of uniting everyone,” another Democracy activist told ‘Drum Pasifika’. But fear did not stop ordinary people in other repressive regimes from South Africa to Egypt and Syria from taking to the streets and sacrificing their lives in the struggle for their basic rights. Try as I might, I just can’t picture the likes of Fidel Castro or Ghandi attending gabfests, mouthing off fluffy homilies on freedom, waving placards and simply going home to watch themselves on the six o’clock news.
These men were freedom fighters in the purest sense of the word; men who conducted their struggle on the ground — within their respective nation states.

Castro, with a small group of men, based themselves in the Sierra Maestra mountain range in Cuba for three years under wretched conditions and had the might of the US to contend with before winning his Socialist Revolution. They had the support of the peasants who put their own lives on the line for what they saw as a cause greater than themselves. Ghandi’s peaceful revolution was up against the force of British imperial power. In all these struggles – from the Bolshevik and Chinese revolutions to the Indian struggle for independence, and in more recent events, the common uniting thread is the prevailing political will. Wherever there is a political will present, no amount of guns or ammunition can stop its charge. Against that context, it is almost laughable that the public in Fiji have to be given assurances by an army officer that the army will not shoot if they were to protest.

The people of Fiji have given their tacit consent to the regime by virtue of their silence. It is, ultimately, a government by tacit consent. But is it mere fear or lack of political will or lack of any real leaders on the horizon that are hindering any kind of mass movement on the ground? For ordinary Fijians, as they long as they can get up every morning, get to work, put in a good seven or eight hours, and more importantly – put food on the table – then there is no incentive or reason to be taking to the streets. As long as there is a perceived sense of normality in their day-to-day lives, there’s simply not going to be any popular uprising. As a friend of mine explained, the concept of media censorship and freedom of speech are simply too abstract – or irrelevant – to the Fijian living in a housing estate in Tovata or the back blocks of Nausori. “As far as they are concerned, there is no connection between loss of media and speech freedoms and their own immediate lives so they have no reason to worry. 

“Their issues are basic –feeding the family, making sure they get to work on time and the children are at school. “Issues like lack of media freedom and so on, are of concern only to the educated and and intellectual elite at the top of the pile. While there may well be a general sense of dissatisfaction among the greater Fijian population, it is simply not enough to warrant a revolutionary uprising. Mara is hopeful and optimistic that change will come soon to Fiji and he is adamant it must be and will be through non-violent means. But the last word goes to the Democracy activist who decided to stay in Fiji and brave the harsh political storms in that country. “The best solution for Fiji, he suggests, “is that all leaders begin to lead their communities into Peaceful means to taking Fiji forward. From 2006, we have called for a national Dialogue involving our leaders to take Fiji back to Democracy. “This process needs to be facilitated well and decisions respected! All parties need to truly come to the table without agenda's or preconceived road-maps (like that of the Peoples Charter).”

Editor's Note: You can buy a copy of Drum Pasifika magazine for $3.50 at news agencies across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and the NT or  visit the Drum Pasifika page on Facebook for a full listing of news agencies.


Mara replies to Iva Tora's article:
I welcome the Drum Pasifika article. It opens up a debate on a number of levels.

The main questions it raises are as follows:
1-      Was my conversion to the democratic cause legitimate or just a scam to save my own skin?
2-      How big was my involvement with the abuse of Fiji citizens by the military?
3-      What is the point anyway as change can only come from within?

Let me start with the first question posed. I understand that words alone will not convince my doubters. Nor should they, Skepticism is a vital part of the democratic process. It is only by questioning leaders motives that we can understand the true reasons for their actions and their policies.

So I ask this of my doubters. Judge me by my actions. Judge me by my results. Judge me when we have democracy.

Whatever my motives, it is clear from my actions I am committed to bringing about democracy in Fiji.

The second question is about my involvement in the abuse by the military. The only way to get the truth is either before a court or before a Truth and reconciliation committee. Until then this will remain “He said, She Said!” which frankly achieves nothing.

I have said many times I will answer to the people of Fiji and I stand by that.

If I was truly worried about my involvement why would I pressing for change in Fiji. So long as the regime stands there will be no investigation into the abuse. Similarly if we end up with the Dictator’s Constitution in 2014 there will be a pardon for all involved and no investigation. It is only by bringing about true democracy that we will get the answers to these questions.

So please even if you are convinced that I have been involved in the beatings, please put your feelings on hold until we have returned Fiji to democracy. I repeat it is only when we have won back democracy for Fiji that I and the others involved can and will be investigated.

To answer the last point that change can only come from within. That is absolutely true and the ultimate goal of my campaign is to bring Fiji to that point. Iva Tora writes: The people of Fiji have given their tacit consent to the regime by virtue of their silence. It is, ultimately, a government by tacit consent.

She is right whilst there was no hope, the people of Fiji had no reason to make their opinions known and every reason to keep them to themselves. There was only danger in giving voice to true feelings about the regime.

One thing you can see in Fiji over the past few weeks. The debate about democracy has become more open, people are talking about the problems of the regime and people have hope that change is now on its way.

Added to that, the people are being hit where it hurts, in their pocket. Inflation is high, salaries are low, unless you are Bainimarama or Khaiyum. Unemployment is rising. Poverty is increasing. We also have the FNPF fiasco which is going to going to cut the incomes of thousands of Fijians. It is getting increasingly hard for families to put food on the table.

The regime is also putting in place ever more draconian decrees to keep themselves in power. They know there is trouble ahead and that is why they are looking at cutting union powers in critical industries. Why Public servants are not covered by the Employee relations decree. The only way they can keep control is through PER and media censorship.

My plan is to isolate the regime internationally, regionally and locally. I cannot go into details but the general thrust of the local campaign will be as follows:
1-      To get the message of the Pro democracy movement to all of Fiji and not just those with Internet access. We will beat Media Censorship.
2-      Co-ordination between the different groups in Fiji.

Both of those can only be done effectively from outside of Fiji.

In the short term my motives are irrelevant so long as my actions bring about a return of democracy. For those of you who believe in my guilt and want to see me punished remember that will only happen with a restoration of democracy.

So please, although we may make an unlikely alliance, we can only achieve democracy for Fiji by working together.

Thumbs Up for Democracy!

Ratu Tevita Mara

27th June


43 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sums it!

Anonymous said...

Great journalism !!!! Vinaka.

Anonymous said...

a nice sum up.........no one in Fiji want more problems...... let all wait for the election in the time the regime has tolad the world.

END OF THE TALK..........

Keep the THUMPS UP DEMOCRACY IN YOUR POCKET RUM AND JB.

Anonymous said...

What dialogue?
Who is going to dialogue?
PER says 3 people cannot meet.
Any peaceful protest is quickly suppressed.
Even before you make a protest, they take you up to the army camp.Just ask the boys from Wailoku.
Even before you come to Fiji from overseas, they threaten you that they are looking at all photos.
So I ask everyone, what are the options?
Do we continue the peaceful protest and keep dreaming of Frank coming to listen to us?
Do we seek dialogue like Apisai from Kadavu and get tortured.

No one dialogues unless his livelihood is threatened.

At the moment Frank is laughing at you all; so he is not interested in dialogue. And like in the past he will dialogue as a form of hoodwinking overseas governments.

So what are the options?

Let us not fool ourselves that these goons will come and sit and talk with us. They'll more likely piss on us and shove guns up our arse.

There is only one logical option.
Armed intervention.
I have mentioned this in an earlier comment.

I have mentioned before that America , through its Secretary of State has mentioned that America is not happy with what Bainimarama is doing to the people of Fiji.
And America stands by to help but it has protocol and the protocol says that any military intervention must be led by Australia and NZ so why are we waiting?????

-Valataka na Dina.

LOMAIVUNA POWER said...

Brilliant! Well wrapped up the whole situation. The main onus is on the ground and those that are actually feeling the pinch. If they are not bothered about the political situation than it seems that these people beating the drums are actually on a war-dance to themselves.Everyone has to sing from the same song sheet whether you are here in Fiji or out there overseas.

Anonymous said...

You failed to mention the AMERICAN REVOLUTION, which was the greatest political revolution and which had the GREATEST IMPACT on world history and the world.

Anonymous said...

"The people of Fiji have given their tacit consent to the regime by virtue of their silence. It is, ultimately, a government by tacit consent."

No, No, No, silence does NOT constitute consent.

Consent is not the absence of a "no", rather the presence of a "yes".

Non-responsiveness is also not consent.

Just because a person/people does/do not fight back, does not mean they have given consent.

Just because the people do not actively protest out in the streets does not mean they consent to the regime.

Silence Does NOT Equal Consent!

Silence and passivity do not equal consent.

Silence does not always mean consent!

Silence can mean a million different things.

If consent is given under duress it is not given freely or willingly.

Silence does not mean you consent. Silence does not mean “yes”.

Silence and passivity do not equal permission or consent. Silence does not mean go. Silence does not mean maybe.

Anonymous said...

"While there may well be a general sense of dissatisfaction among the greater Fijian population, it is simply not enough to warrant a revolutionary uprising."

What of the previous pre-2006 coups? The all had the support and approval of the indigenous population. Even though the 2000 coup was not the result of protests, etc.

I don't wholly agree with your "bred-and-butter" theory. Didn't the native Fijians protest the Bavadra government in 87. I do recall they had a long march through Namaka/Martintar/Nadi just before the coup.

The only difference now is that all pre-2006 coups toppled elected governments. Now it's an illegal unelected military regime that needs to be toppled.

LIFT THE PER AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

The solution right now is a COUNTER COUP.

PINA WANI said...

@ Aiyaz Interview



"Fiji is going through Fundamental restructuring in order to achieve equality and accessibility to Land".....

Aiyaz and like minded bloggers, DREAM ON.....You will only see Canan but you will not set foot on it.

Your Interview is just like your Masters Theisis "Cultural Autonomy..." very superficial and a flop because you are saying something that you have learned through studying Fijian history but you do not "FEEL" what you have studied.

How do you feel if I have attained a Masters Theisis on a Sunset Clause of the Muslim religion or Hindu or any other Belief or Race? How do you feel if I should remove all Muslim Institutions because you have "Politicised" the Vanua and the Proprietorship Rights that has been recognised by the UN Declaration of Indifenous Rights.

How do you feel if I have "claimed" that I have studied Muslim History and therefore due to their unequal rights towards Women and other Human Rights Flaws be ELIMINATED from their Rights of Annual Conferences or Meetings or attending Daily Prayers in the Mosques?

Aiyaz Khaiyum, just a few words of advice;

1. Do not START what you cannot END.

2. Do not talk about something (Fijian Culture, Vanua, Chiefly System) you know nothing about.

3. Do not incite a Civil War.

4. Do not incite Mass Expulsion of your Race or Beleif. (Remember the Great AD Patel's warning- Do not touch the i Taukei's Land and Leadership).

5. Do not spoil the Economy with your Scam Reforms.

6. Do not test our Christian Patience. Remember, just 176 years ago the War Clubs and the Cannibal lovos were taken out and can easily be ignited with your insensitivity.

7. Do not rely on the Powers behind you because DECEPTION is an old ART OF WAR. You will be denied help because they are already known to us.

Anonymous said...

Fiji currently does NOT have a government, the elected legitimate government was removed by men with guns on Dec 5 2006? Fiji currently has a regime, a military regime run by an unelected naval commander who calls himself ‘PM’ and is nothing but a dictator?

This illegal regime has no mandate to do anything? As for FNPF, this illegal regime, and all sponging off it including consultants have no right to take taxpayers money, tamper with the FNPF, and indeed fill their pockets (illegally) in any way whatsoever? This is called theft.

And it is time for this regime and all coup collaborators, to be crushed and destroyed.

The nation (and the FNPF) can no longer afford to be raped by treasonous regime parasites and the carpet baggers stealing from the rapidly depleting trough!!

Anonymous said...

@5:18 AM. Very true. Silence and passivity do *not* equal consent.

There is always silence before the STORM!

A Storm is Brewing.

Sotia said...

Lots of nonsense. Fiji is the serene place in the world and that why Naviti resort was fully booked two weeks ago...80% Aussie and kiwis
Aussie and kiwi PM , you are looses by allowing a senior officer from 2007 to 2010 into your country...

Anonymous said...

Spot on. If there's no grassroots support in Fiji, is the Freedom and Democracy Movement pissing into the wind?

The numbers attending their meetings ( they can't be called rallies) are pathetic. It's obvious Mara has no real support. Even his family back home have abandoned him.

The latest photos from the Melbourne rally are a disaster. After all the bad publicity about Simione Kaitani, there he is again in the front row and with Dallas Swinstead. What were they thinking?

This guy was in the 2000 coup and everyone knows it. If ordinary people in Fiji are already complacent, they are definitely not going to come onto the streets when they see Kaitani at these meetings.

Wake up FDM! Fiji needs change but you guys have no idea. You are letting us all down!

Anonymous said...

fiji people are scared of the army/gun.
they are humble people and now this idiots bai/ag taliban is using the fiji army as the body guard of them.
where do the army stands
protect fiji people or bai/ag.
fiji people have to fight the battle with this illegal regime.
no guts no glory.
people have fought and liberated the country.
we have to learn from the middle east now.
old and young all on street to fight and die for freedom for future generation.

Anonymous said...

"Tell the people of Fiji to prepare for passive resistance and civil disobedience" - RUM, JUNE 25 2011, Melbourne Aust.

Mosese Tikotikoitoga said...

Come on people (kai vitis) try and protest and my boys will be there in ajiffy to round you up like the chickens that you are.

Anonymous said...

One wonders if the demoncratic movement have meant by a passive resistance - what is passive resistance and civil disturbance? Walk out of jobs, spanner in the works, rumour milling - at whose expences? What is the percieved security cost ' in time, money and effort' for a subsistence level villager now struggeling to send his children to school? If you are not careful, these are the people that when focus diverts from 'subsistence economy' at the lowest level, they will either beg, borrow or steal to keep their families going in times of your so called - Paasive resiistence and civil disobedience pranks. What of their security? What is your support mechanism - Iam sure the democratic Movement is collecting charity money from overseas to set up a Care Centre in the major cities in Fiji (just giving you thoughs..) so that there is no pilfering/looting during the disturbances. ' Keep the mass fed and watered' whilst they do your 'passive resistance erends'. what say?? By the way the will of the people seems to be won by FB. Remember Fijians are used to kerekere system. If you just talk nothing can happen - if you give something, they might just have the will to listen!!!

Valataki Viti said...

@ Annon 1:24

There's nothing happening in Fiji. Why stir up trouble when you're thousands of miles away from Fiji, tucked neatly in the safety of your home. If what you're suggesting does take place and instability does occur in Fiji, will you be responsible for the deaths of innocent people, children becoming parentless just so you can achieve your so called democracy and be like the Aussies and Kiwis.
Sorry, Fijians are too smart for that, why don't you take your cause to Africa, maybe they'll listen.

Anonymous said...

The current Fiji Government needs to run till 2014.

The two ex military men on this blog now staunch advocates of democracy are really two disgruntled soldiers against their superior officers who they have fallen out against. The charges of sedition by them still stands and a military trial awaits them.

Anonymous said...

Oi anon @ 5.18 - Dear, a storm in your own head. The others are right. Mara is a storm in a teacup. No one wants the GCC back in the picture except the chiefs and their toadies. This isn't a real democracy movement. God knows we need one, but not this.

Anonymous said...

Bai says.....

The Fijians are lamulamu people and levu liumuri. They go with the flow and waiting for free handouts without wanting to work hard for their living.

I rememeber a friend who once said....Fijians are treaturous people, and they do it with lots of dignity.

That is exactly what we seeing in Fiji today.

Look at the ARAB nations - guts and claiming their their freedom. Thats REAL MEN to me.

Moce Viti - Welcome China/India.

Fiji for VB & Aiyaz & family.

Anonymous said...

@ Sotia, Looser ga o kemudou na sotia excuses of sticking with your commander is your bread and butter....BIG TIME LOOOOOOSERS.

Anonymous said...

@Valataki Viti
You are the ones that will be responsible for any deaths.

If you give the government you stole, back to the people , there will be no deaths.

SO GIVE IT BACK NOW!

If you want death my friend then it will come to you.

-Valataka na Dina.

PS: We will lobby the US government to send you some smart bombs.
All this time you've been shoving guns up peoples arse.
Now see how you feel when they shove a bomb up yours.

Aunty Nur said...

This article certainly touches upon the single most important question in Fiji today: Why is there no resistance of any sort against an autocratic and oppressive regime? In four years since the removal of an elected government, a couple of nurses on the streets of Suva protesting the deterioration of their work conditions was the only sign of opposition. The military was quick to have them arrested and removed. Now why is it that people around the world take considerable personal risks to fight oppressive regimes while we have nothing but tacit submission in Fiji? Not even the current FNPF reform which will significantly cut pensions seem to stir anyone but a few bloggers in Australia and New Zealand. One would expect that at least those living with little hope to climb out of poverty and those who experience it first time due to a contracting economy would voice their dissent. But even those, with nothing much to lose, keep quite and obedient.
The reasons are as complex as Fiji’s society and fall into three categories. The first is the tradition of autocratic rule in Fiji. For the average Fijian, it seems normal that the Chief has absolute power, cannot be questioned and is entitled to as much income as he can siphon from his subjects. It seems perfectly in line with tradition to accept that a ruling junta awards itself generously, both in financial and political terms. Bainimarama is seen as the paramount chief who managed to climb to the top position and is thus beyond criticism or disapproval. The widespread submission to authority in Fiji has certainly been reinforced through an educational system that keeps telling its pupils and students that addressing authority with critical question is inappropriate. This factor is widely overlooked by observers from the outside who have no concept of how backward Fijian education is compared with the Western world.
The second reason lies in Fiji’s racial divide and the deep-rooted suspicion that the major ethnic groups hold for each other. All coups in Fiji have had racial overtones, the latest played more to the concerns of the Indian community, while previous coups were clearly playing to indigenous Fijians. Against this background, it has been relatively easy for autocrats to divide the population and rule unchallenged. Bainimarama’s mantra that his coup is about ending racial discrimination in Fiji resonates well with the Indian community but is actually laughable given the fact that the institution that Bainimarama controls like not other is the most racially biased in the entire country. A textbook example of the Machiavellian ‘Divide and Rule’.
The third reason is quite obvious. The regime has made it abundantly clear in early days that it will react to any resistance with violence. Beatings and torture at the barracks, targeted persecution of critics, and a few killings in custody together with the promulgation of decrees that guarantee impunity for the regime have certainly help to convince even rebellious opponents to keep quite. Again outside observers may debate the ‘relativity’ of things in Fiji and there is little doubt, that we are not (yet) seeing a dictator waging a full-scale war against the population Syria or Libya style. But Fiji is a small country and in percentage terms Bainimarama can surely claim as many human rights abuses as any other self-respecting dictator. The massive threat of violence hangs over Fiji’s population and most people have accepted that it is too risky to revolt. This state of fear prevailing across the society is of course reinforced by a total denial of the right of free speech and expression. In a nutshell, the easy run the regime has had so far is explained by the traditionally induced acceptance of an oppressive autocrat a clever Machiavellian policy of divide and rule and the widespread believe that freedom of speech only matters to those who have something sensible to say.

Smell the fear said...

You can smell the fear. This regime is finished and they know it. The choice of the regime and its collaborators is simple: Get out now or be obliterated.
As for the idiot regime collaborators such Walsh, Davis, Richard Herr and the Cole (all old white colonialist fools) who think they and the illegal regime have the monopoly on violence - dream on scum bags!

Anonymous said...

Jone Baledrokadroka gave the orders for the beating and even killing of CRW members, and their families/friends or associates. RUM did the dirty work. Although FB gave the directives/instr - JB and RUM were the intruments of those orders - looking forward to the truth. Pls try something else other then trying to stir up the masses who are now well established and free to go and visit Fiji whenever they can. What a mix with losers like Kaitani....he needs to be interrogated too..over the Blueprint scheme..

Turaganikoro said...

Sa boidada o kemuni na cakacaka ena military o ni volavola tiko eke ka tokoni nomuni dictator no school tiko o Vore, na kaisi mai Kiuva.

Vaka na qele ni oni na sosova mai na blog site qo. E na sega na vakabauti kemuni.

Sa dua na ka na i wiliwili ni kai Viti yani qo e Viti keimami volavola tiko tale ga eke ka levu cake ra wilika tale tiko ga na site qo. Keimami sega ni vakabauti kemuni na dau vakararawataki keikami na lewe ni vanua.

Thumba Up FOR FIJI DEMOCRACY

Anonymous said...

@ Aunty Nur

What about the Accountants, Hoteliers,Hardware Owners, Business Owners who have made their Milllions through scam reforms, fiscal policies, Inland Revenue Decrees etc from 87, 2000, 2006 and then once they have made their gain, they blame the Race Card, Chiefs,the Army, Divide and Rule, etc.
Remember, all those Coups need $$ support and at the end of the day, the $$ donors need to be identified, uprooted and eliminated and get all their assets frozen. We have been through these Coups and we know that only ONE Group (Businesmen. Hoteliers etc) benefits, not the Army, Chiefs etc that you have been identifting. You cannot eliminate the culture of subimisiveness and authority because that is how Fiji is unique from the rest of the world. Maybe you want a Traditionless Fiji like PNG, Rwanda, and other parts of Africa whereby it is impossible to set up a Hotel and other business because of the high Crime rate. The British have studied different Country Models in the Commonwealth and they know that Fiji cannot survive without their tradition and submissive culture (not meaning that they cannot question their Rights, that is still intact during normal Democratic times) or the Business People will have to pay more to hire security guards like in those countries mentioned above.

Anonymous said...

Isa lei gauna moni lesu tale mai...

Anonymous said...

Smell the Fear? Smell the madness more like it! What's wrong with you? You sound like the lead bad guy in some second rate psycho thriller. Screaming violence like this will get you nowhere. Much worse, it will get the democracy movement nowhere. Why don't you just stay indoors taking your medication while us grownups work sensibly to get change in Fiji. You're just plain scary.

Anonymous said...

The Dem Movement will not get rid of Frank but they must keep on with what its currently doing,,,,ie speaking out,,,,,better than nothing.
Thanks FDM, RUM n JB,,,,keep up the good work.
"Evil succeeds when good men do nothing"
Good men are doing something even if they talking!
God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Truth never damages a cause that is just.......
Ghandi..........

Anonymous said...

Aust Police now wants to extradite Aust cult leader Agape from Fiji - the Regime's reply may well be -first send Ului back to Fiji.

Anonymous said...

True, Romans 13:1-7 urges Paul’s readers to obey the authorities, but this is more subversive than is often supposed.  Rulers are not divine; they are answerable to God.  God wants order, not chaos; there is no point in overthrowing the official tyranny of appointed rulers only to have it replaced by the unofficial tyranny of the bullies, the strong or the rich.  The revolution Paul has in mind is deeper than mere civic disobedience.  It is about giving to the Davidic Messiah the total allegiance that, in his day, was claimed by Caesar.  After all, Caesar killed Jesus, but God raised him from the dead.

Devious Aunty Bano said...

Fiji National Provident Fund

At long last we are now told that FNPF lost $800 million ($200 million short of a billion dollars) in simple terms we have lost $1000 per person of our population including men, women, child, babies, elderly – everyone.

Our people can ill ford to lose such kind of money.

Where did the money go? Has anyone been apprehended and charged? Who was responsible for such BAD investments?

Then we had this very expensive symposium at Holiday Inn (owned by FNPF – bought for a massive sum of $19 million). This meeting was no meeting it was just a whitewash as the well paid consultants presented what the present regime wanted. The Chairman (a Sri Lankan like “all” the judges) was loudly singing the tune of the regime and he was keen to implement the changes like on Monday. What has he got to lose – he is a Sri Lankan! He is here today gone tomorrow.

Then we are told that FNPF is getting low returns in its investments.

Can we know some basic facts:

1. Of the total amount how much is invested in Government?
2. What is the return?
3. What is the annual expense of running the FNPF in dollar terms? Have there been any streamling?
4. Can FNPF prudently not invest such large sums in Government and invest overseas where returns are much higher?
5. Can we know the total payments being made to pensioners?
6. What is the estimated total withdrawal per annum apart from regular pensioners?

Now to the critical question. The FNPF has made a covenant to pay a certain amount per month depending on the program chosen (individual, joint etc) to pensioners.

How can this covenant be overridden by decree? This is illegal?

Thus I urge all pensioners to get together and take a class action against FNPF and to block any meddling with pension payments.

FNPF has full right to adjust future levels of pension payments based on actuarial studies but they have no right to change the pension payment of existing pensioners at their own free will – this is one-sided and illegal.

We the pensioners do not want FNPF to take illegal steps and ATTORNEY GENERAL has no right to make such suggestions – he is an unelected Attorney General and has no right to make such decrees as we the people own FNPF not a hand full of illegal occupiers of Government.

It is time for President to take action and stop the Government to make such decrees otherwise there will be a popular revolt and uprising as we the people have had enough of this arrogant behaviour.

Anonymous said...

Vinaka Devious Aunty Bano - These guys are trying to hide the fact that they themselves are the cause of the problems with FNPF. The failed projects, the heavy borrowing and now the outrageous decision to break the contracts of pensioners who if they had known what was coming would more than likely have taken different contract terms like lump sum. They have no legal leg to stand on to implement these changes apart from the BS decrees from his idiocy the illegal AG.

Anonymous said...

Tic toc tic toc and then happy new year 2014 do you people really want a civil war have it in you own country leave Fiji alone tic tok

Anonymous said...

We are just getting back what we started! When Govts were elected democratically we jumped up and down-now we seeem to have the shoe on the other foot and some how don't like it. We didn't like it when a new Govt got elected by the people so we vey happy to support a coup, now we have a coup, we want an elected Govt!
We are going thru penance for the ills of our past deeds-God is alive and well. Frank is the answer to the prayers of those that sufferred in the past! It is Frank that is making us think and maybe we will change in our perception of what truth & fairness is not only for ourselves but also for others-not our pretend calls & prayers to God to give us a true and good Govt before elections only to plan an overthrow the very next day when our party loses! Good governance will come to Fiji when we grow up and are mature enough to know what it means. The turmoil we are now facing called Frank Bainimarama is of our doings so lets not quibble who did what and who supported who-face the TRUTH!We had an opportunity to grow as Nation and move forward as country but we were blinded by the so called Church Leaders, those who held the Lantern to show us the way-the Heads of the Vanuas even lost their way except for a very few-the late Ratu from Ucuni Vanua and a Tui Ba! The people of Fiji sufferred! Those that rejoiced then, are now complaining for what?Didn't they see this coming-that the horse they were ridding wa really a bull! The Nation has to be cleansed for it's past deeds-now are we going to accept that or do we just want to go back to way things were ie Democracy! Democracy YES, but not the form where we had, segregated again along RACIAL LINES! Give me a better Fiji, so all our peoples can live in harmony just as those who now live in Australia are able to have-are you willing to have that for Fiji or do you still dream of the type of Fiji of old? Thats the challenged. 10 point plans -the problems of Fiji needs more than 10 point plans! Academics need to stay away from solving our problems-they live in world or "vitual reality"!How many Fijian marched when Rabuka had the first coup, how many marched when Speight had the his coup & Frank-to say we want Democracy.Did you see anyone in all the meetings they now have on Democracy Movement marching in Fiji then? There lies the answer to why no one in Fiji is marching now? Need more answers to your queries-pray and God will soon tell you the answers -you don't need to have a PhD or be in a Colonel in the Fiji Army to come gve us answers! Dri Yani

Anonymous said...

Valataki viti...you need to change your name becos your patheitic ,ignorant attitude proves to us that you are not,Valataki Viti instead you sounded more like fighting for the Regime....
All of us have families living in Fiji , we are concern for their welfare and safety and will not allow stupid ignorant people like you and the Regime to continue to oppress them and their lifestyles

Anonymous said...

Keep typing keyboard warriors...
Someone should do something
Hey why dont they do something
You people should do something
Oh there really scared now
Hey why don't you go to the market
Frank can't sleep
Kyhium is scared and living in the camp
Sharon needs a...
There almost gone
Won't be long now
I'm not taking it anymore who's with me ? By anon

Yyyyaaaaawwwwwnnnnn

WE ARE HAPPY
Tic toc yawn
I'm not

Anonymous said...

WE WANT THE GCC BACK

LOOK AT HOW WE ALL PROSPERED WHEN THEY WERE HERE YHER WAS EXAMPLES
LIKE,
UM LIKE,
THERE WAS THE,
AH THEY DID THE

WHAT DID THEY DO EXACTLY

OH YEAH THEY GOT PAJEROS AND WE GOT JACK

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 10:19 & 10:22
Too much Tic talk.
Go and look at the mirror and see the thief looking back at you.

Tevita Temo said...

watch out the Mossads are behind the Germans..