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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Can Fiji step up to the challenge?


With the huge international support Fiji has enjoyed in the past week,  it is not unreasonable to ask: Where to Now?

It is not a new question but it is one that has fresh urgency because of the interest and support shown Fiji this past week with the presence of the ILO in  Suva and affiliates worldwide publicly endorsing our beleagured trade unions.

The reality, though, is that it could be some time before the ILO decides it can spearhead a campaign to hurt the military dictatorship (although we say 'the sooner the better'); hopefully, the sort of hurt that will not only reign it in, but bring it down.

With the tantalising promise of global labour organisations ready to pitch in for Fiji, it is not unfair for those fighting the good fight to feel now is the time to march and to push for a response from the people. (see Sukuna Park flyer right).

Unfortunately, while we are quick to comment on blogs, few of us have the courage to take to the streets and march: Yes, because of the fear of being beaten and arrested but also because we fail to grasp that the issue of our rights is as crucial as the more prosaic issue of our daily survival and overcoming our fear.

Yet, if we are to succeed in removing the military dictatorship, we must give equal import to our core rights as people, our entitlement to dignity and basic justice. For in securing our rights as free people, we ultimately secure a safe and equitable future for our families. 
Freedom is not given, it is our birth right.

We need to work together to show unity and courage as never before and stand up to the thieves who have been 'governing' Fiji without mandate since 2006.

Last year, we put faith in the disillusioned members of the Military Council doing right. Before that New Zealand and Australia. Four months ago, it was he who defected from the senior ranks of the RFMF. We now nurse the same hope in the trade unions.

The Save Fiji Movement has again challenged us to stand up and are calling on people to march at Sukuna Park this Saturday (August 20). 

The Movement, which is based in Suva, is asking the people of Fiji to stand up for democracy saying “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

On Facebook and blogs this week, the Group have posted messages like this: "People of Fiji, citizens and friends ... we challenge you to take up a stand against this illegal regime. We can provide the venue and time, but the challenge is on you to step forward and stand up as one, only than we will be free again. I can't do this alone and neither can my 50 colleagues .. we need you."
 
Save Fiji says: "Everyone asks, who is organizing such marches and we need a face. We say why do you look for a leader - look at your current leaders - they are all afraid and can’t support themselves - how can they defend our freedom.

"We ordinary people of Fiji just need to come to Sukuna Park and our strength will come from the person standing next to you - as we all are free men and we will die free men."

"Remember when an ordinary man stands - the whole nation trembles."


The Movement goes on to say: "So we challenge you ... are you ready to come and free Fiji on the 20th August 2011 and change the history of this nation and a lesson to the army that the people of Fiji say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and let it be a lesson to everyone that we no longer tolerates coups and decree.
"

The regime will not lift the PER. It will not hold elections. It will not restore media freedom. It will not back off from the decree to crush worker's rights.


Every second day, if not every day, everyone involved in the fight for democracy is revealing incriminating information about the corrupt, unelected leadership. But the question has to be asked "where do we go with it?"

The challenge has been issued for people to march. So what's stopping us?

1) Fear of being the only one who turns up
2) Fear of being beaten up (perhaps even tortured) by soldiers
3) Fear for repercussions on family

And what do we have to gain?
1) We empower ourselves
2) We unite ourselves as a people
3) We break the cycle of fear
4) We stand up to the regime
5) We show the international community we are serious about our fight for democracy
6) We mobilise to be ready for when labour movements worldwide take action
7) We serve as an example for our children

Coupfourpointfive puts this issue up for debate and welcomes constructive feedback.



48 comments:

Anonymous said...

gcc/church/hindus/muslims/sangam/others should march.
people power.
go for it guys.
god be with you all.
god bless

Anonymous said...

Army wives will support this as our husbands are having sleep less nights,our kids are suffering mentally,health wise and education wise and morally . We will be ther and lets see if they can shoot the family my fiji Cry for my beloved country

Anonymous said...

I will be there, 12 noon this Saturday. Spread this "Save Fiji Movement" message on other sites and emails so that we can have big numbers...

Anonymous said...

We have had several planned marches before none of which happened. What makes this one different? Those planning this march will not turn up but expect others to do so. Same old story.

Anonymous said...

Not again Oilei! another march?

Anonymous said...

Dou yavu bavulu sese, this Saturday is Hibiscus, who the hell wants to go and march for something abstract like democracy. What is it anyway? Nothing much has changed since Independence. Inflation has always been high, wages have always been low and its the same bunch of crooked leadership in the government, private sector and informal sector - only faces change.

Jieke said...

A well written and thought out advise that is worth reading and ofcourse action. If only people who appreciate the problem Fiji is facing can come forward and make a stand. Once it starts,the momentum will gather force and draw in the whole populace.

Fijian said...

Fijians have no leader and the pretenders who were there before the coup are nowhere to been seen. This should have been Qarase's finest hour, yet the man who promised Fijians so much has failed them so greatly when they need him most. There are no Ghandis or Martin Luther Kings among the Fijian ranks. Men like Apisai Tora and Sakeasi Butadroka had following because they were prepared to risk their lives for those they led. Now we see remonstrations only in silence from religious cowards who use God as an excuse to do nothing, happy to call the faithfuls to worship, sing songs of praise, and take their money, but not prepared to go to the Cross to free their people from oppression. Fijians worry too much about the consequences that they have become fearful of punishment, and now rely on the young to fight their battles for them. Not too long ago we saw the monks in Burma stand up to the guns of tyrants, suffering death and torture, becoming matyrs in their own land. In Fiji we have women like Virisila Buadrom, Imran Jalal and Shamima Ali, but not the able-bodied men who shout from the pulpit, preaching a Gospel that has been interpreted to mean that it is OK to suffer now because when it ends, the rewards will be greater; that God will always deliver. Fijians have failed Fijians. Fijians spend too much time and energy shouting from the pulpit, but we fail to see a Joseph or Moses or Joshua stand up and take the rein of leadership. Fijians need Fijians with vision and wisdom. Fijians need Fijians with courage.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE to every LONGF SUFFERING PEOPLE OF FIJI on this blog, this is the time to do your bit and stand up to this Ruthless Evil Corrupt Regime...

Start phoning or e-mailing your relatives from now onwards to join and support the Save Fiji Movement on Saturday(20th of August) and fight for our FREEDOM...

Please, to every HEAD TEACHERS in secondary schools in Suva, please do encourage your students to join in, BECAUSE THIS MARCH WILL DECIDE THEIR FUTURE....

C4.5 please publish an article as soon as possible and ask EVERY HEAD TEACHERS IN SUVA AS WELL... Thats where we can build up the momentum and numbers to stage this big protest...

THE CRIES OF THE FIJI PEOPLE WILL BE HEARD ON SATURDAY AND NO EVIL MILITARY PERSONAL IS GOING TO STOP US.... WE ARE NOT SCARED OF THE GUNS, BEATINGS AND TORTURES ANYMORE... I WOULD RATHER DIE FOR THE SAKE OF MY CHILDRENS FREEDOM AND FUTURE, THAN LET THIS EVIL CORRUPT REGIME RULE US FOR HOWEVER LONG THEY WANT... Because there is No Election in 2014, they will make up another LAME EXCUSE, like they did when they CANCELLED THE 2009 ELECTION!!!

500,000 plus civillians against the 3000 evil military regime... THEY WOULD'NT STAND A CHANCE OF STOPPING US, NOT IN A MILLION YEARS.... Its time to Dethrone the Evil Corrupt Dictator Bainivuaka and his Boyfriend Khaiyum...

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL... GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF FIJI AND CURSE THE EVIL CORRUPT REGIME!!!

Anonymous said...

Isa FiJI....people please support this movement....go for it....take this illeagal regime down....If nothing happens again this time then please Ratu Mara and everyone enjoy your life whereever you are and dont worry about the cries of Fijians... I am no longer proud to be a Fijian because here in overseas they call Fijian are bunch of chickens!!!!!!!!! They cannot stand like man and stand for thei right..... If nothing happens then definitely i will change my passport and burn for good my Fiji Passport.....C'mon people, go for it....

Anonymous said...

C4.5 you campaign from a point of advantage without preparedness for accepting responsibility for any damage caused. No matter how much you try to get people to protest publicly, its NEVER going to happen. You see the iTaukei have been used for far too long in being cheated by their leaders and did they protest? No, but silently they cursed and what has happened now? Read into our history and the present will reveal that the descendents of those responsible for our tears are now paying for the sins of their forebears. YOu see, if Frank and Aiyaz are truly addressing the plight of the poor, they will be rewarded and so will their descendents, if they do not, the same fate faced by past leaders will also be their woe.

Anonymous said...

GO FOR IT ALL. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. ABLE, UNBALE, CHRILDREN, TEENAGER, ADULTS, CHURCHES, CIVIL SERVENT, STUDENTS, BUSINESS PEOPLE AND WHO EVER CAN MOVE EVEN THE DOGS. JOIN TOGETHER AND TAKE THESE CROOKS DOWN. ITS NOW OR NEVER. THEY CANNOT DO ANYTHING WITH MANY PEOPLE WALKING. HOTEL WORKERS AROUND THE COUNTRY GO TO SUVA AND JOIN THE MARCH THIS IS YOUR ONLY MOMENT.

ENOUGH OF THESE MADNESS YOU ALL DESERVE BETTER. TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY AND LIVE FREELY AGAIN.

GOD BLESS FIJI.
FROM YOUR BROTHERS IN ARM USA

Anonymous said...

All that needed to be said had been said. It`s now time to prove if we`re worth our salt as a people collectively regarded as Fijians and call this land our home...GOD BLESS.

Anonymous said...

Yeah go for it Fiji. We with you all the way. Brothers in ARM, Middle East.

Tuleca21 said...

Fiji, this is the only chance, stand up for your right, before its too late.....

Anonymous said...

just returned from Fiji and life has not been easy for my fellow brothers and sisters. It's time for us to stand and be united. We are born free men indeed.

Take it easy said...

I don't know why, but I think that nothing will happen on Saturday...

Anonymous said...

The only march I think that will be held on 20th August concerns the opening of the Hibiscus Carnival - will they be hiding under this cover.

Anonymous said...

Fiji people are too scared. Where is the tayabe ni taukei spirit!!!! where the Apisai Tora and the read ribbon? where is Ratu Inoke Kubumybola?

semimiau said...

Enough is enough.My fellow countrymen have some guts and lets defeated these crooks.Be counted "united we stand, divided we fall".If its ok for you to be lead by these bunch of losers then stay home in your own comfort zone but remember you are supporting the crooks who are building their wealth at the expense of our beloved people.Be there on Saturday folks.

Tevoro Khan said...

Go fellow mates international power is behind you.just ignore the critics and stand united . the khaiyam administration is useless . 5 years of tolerance is enough,i will be there don't worry.

Anonymous said...

Good to get this group's idea out in the open. Good test run march will surely come

Devious Aunty Bano said...

ASK cant says he never has interfered with the workings of FICAC. This is all bullshit!

I am aware that Military council except PM wanted FICAC to investigate ASK on his Tappoo land deal. This was a quid pro quo that ASK and Tappoo worked out so that Aiyaz covered up everything for Tappoo in FNPF as far as Penina Ltd / Tappoo City project was concerned.

Tappoo did a lot of double dipping have imported glass fronts, air cons and many other items by itself and charged FNPF inflated prices. Tappoo also was allowed to import all these at concession rate of duty. Can ASK deny any of this!!

FICAC also wanted to investigate me for millions of dollars of fees that I collected on the Rewa Dairy restructure. I went running to my nephew and he immediately instructed FICAC not to do anything.

The boci PM knows everything and both PM & ASK are leaking each others arses and covering up one another.

Jieke said...

You don't need to march; all people should is congregate at Sukuna park first. Only then can things begin, a leader will emerge and action/march can start.

Anonymous said...

All chiefs should get this memo too. About time they work for their money and do some leading.

Anonymous said...

Guys, what you all thinking...Please don't ruin the Hibiscus festival. Go March somewhere else..

Anonymous said...

Nothing will happen...people are too busy getting grog doped in front of their tanoa telling stories of what is happening in the country and what they should do....after the heated discussions....TAKI MADA!!!

Kena Gauna said...

Now is the time for all the people of Fiji, all races, all religions, bosses and workers, to lock arms and march together in support of the restoration of our rights. No-one else can do it for us. If we are united, no-one can oppose us.

Anonymous said...

I will march even if it means I march alone. You cowards can sit at home and complain till you rot nothing will change. This is the time our voices can be heard as one. Tucake Viti. lets march. Our forefathers marched to the Solomons some even lost their lives. It is our turn now to fight the enemy, it is right at our doorstep...AWAKE FROM YOUR SLUMBER...ARISE FROM YOUR SLEEP..A NEW DAY IS DAWNING

Anonymous said...

Can we have some names of the organisers.There definitely sholuld be someone bold enough to own up.Or is it the work of those politicians who have failed us and are trying their very best to come back to power.

Anonymous said...

We'll be there in Spirit - sincere vinaka vakalevu for the organisers of the movement - May God Bless Fiji -

Anonymous said...

This is a very encouraging development .People of Fiji must rise,NOW.
Tourists come to Fiji because they say ,nothing is wrong there and people working at the hotels continue to smile and make the visitiors happy but deep down inside people are sufferring.They continue with their work because it's their survival at stake.Of course,one makes you wonder why austrailians support Fiji's tourism industry.We can say they are selfish human beings because their country is so blessed and they have a functioning democracy.
But the question that arises is why should they support us if we ourselves are not prepared to take up the fight? After all this is not their country,it's ours....and if we are prepared to face the tyranny of this regime then why should anyone from the outside help us.
Thus the need to stand up and tell this dicatator,we mean business,we want our freedom.Bainimarama and Aiyaz have hurt us for too long and they have to go...how???? let's tell them on saturday,let's march.

The Oracle said...

I would participate in a march if I knew who the organisers are. Unfortunately in this case, as in the past, we are being called on by unknown elements to gather at a venue with people we don't really know.
We need at least one person to identify him or herself and say "I am leading this march". That is what is needed, if one person is named he/she is more likely to get others willing to stand by them in name as well. However, where the organiser is a "ghost" there will be very little commitment.
In Fiji at the moment, there is every likelihood one could "disappear" just as the unfortunate people of Chile, Argentina and other South American countries did over the recent decades.
Our media is gagged by the military, so "disappearances" will not be reported and hence public sympathy/backing will be minimal.
We all know about the brutality the military wielded in 2000. Fr Akauola has reconfimed this in his interview with Roko Ului Mara.
So, unless at least one of the organisers is willing to identify himself/herself - if not to all of us then privately to Coup4.5, this march is doomed like all others to be nothing more than wishful campaigning. Coup4.5 should verify the standing of the person(s) willing to be named, without revealing them publicly on this site. If Coup4.5 is satisfied that the organiser(s) are genuine and not some of the disgruntled politicians, then give us the word. We have come to rely on Coup4.5 for the unreported events in this country. So,most of this site's regular followers will probably accept it if Coup4.5 were to say "Yes, this march will happen and the organiers are genuine and will be revealing themselves to supporters at Sukuna Park".
Seriously,though, we need the unions right now to take the lead. They need to agitate locally and internationally so that the military and police resources are stretched. That agitation should coincide with the Methodist Church meeting which is conveniently being held in the heart of Suva's CBD. It should also coincide with the Hibiscus Festival. Only then, can we organise marches/protests etc because the military/police resources will reach breaking point and weaken the grip Bainimarama has on this country. Let's face it, take the military away from Bainimarama and Khaiyum and they're just as naked and vulnerable as the day they were born.
We thought Roko Ului would regain some respectability by organising things from abroad. Unfortunately, he's now a high-flying, much sought after speaker using every opportunity to distance himself from his own crimes without having the courage to tackle Bainimarama head-on.
So, let's have some real leaders step forward and offer themselves as the willing "sacrificial lambs". Until that happens, can all the "ghost organisers" trying to get the masses to sacrifice themselves against a heavily fortified Bainimarama please return to their burial grounds?
If ever there was an opportunity to topple Bainimarama from within the country, it's NOW - August 2011 with:
(1) the Methodist Church convention (the permit says 1000 at the meeting - that does not mean there cannot be two to three thousand elsewhere in Suva on the "fringes" of that conference),
(2) the Hibiscus Festival. Schools are closed, so there will be a "swelling" of Suva's daily population pulling police resources to its seams.
Now is the time for a leader to step forward.

Anonymous said...

Someone said,oilei not another march.
Suggest something else gang,instead of being so sarcastic.
Alot of our rights have come through marches and protests.Yes,this is the way to go ,march and protest.Don't you see how people get their rights back in other countries???The responsibilty of rights is not only of leaders,activists,politicians it's all of us.The rights to freedom of speech,assembly,just wages,etc. etc .have all come through a struggle and have been fought for over the years.We cannot just let these lying self proclaimed leaders ,take it away from us. How many people will they arrest ,100,200,1000,5000 ..HOW MANY.?????think about it.

Anonymous said...

A big vinaka vakalevu to army wives for taking a stand.Alot of your husbands are ridiculed because they are taking instructions and simply implementing it.We understand,their hands are tied,but there is nothing stopping women and children from showing their discontent and why would the soldiers hurt their own.You are a source of inspiration to the rest of us.Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I heard someone credible say...just begin mobilising and the Internationals will come zooming in.Let's try and see if it happens,and yes some will be hurt in the process because the army is ruthless but it has to start somewhere.So let's do it together so they cannot target individuals.

Anonymous said...

Aint gonna happen guys. we are happy in Fiji, only you overseas guys are unhappy there... LEAVE FIJI ALONE.. WE ARE OK

Anonymous said...

@ semimiau

..."bunch of losers?"...I don't know about that. They have been there since 2006 and apparently still there now running the show.

Don't put your trust on the Labour Unions world wide. Behind the scene there are authorites like your favourite brother Khaiyum ruling them. And you know what birds of the same feather do. They flock together off course.

So don't be shocked when this expected happen.

Anonymous said...

The real power is with the 800000 people-people power.

The junta is thugs is only a dozen thugs.

Who elected the tin pot dictator-pisspot predident-puppet master-junta cronies?

No one elected them and no people charter fiji needs people power.

800000 people must march and do citizen arrest of the junta of thugs and put them on trial for their crimes.

Anonymous said...

ICJ examination

The International Commission of Jurists says it will examine Fiji’s legal system in light of the allegations.

The president of the Australian branch of the ICJ, John Dowd QC, says the allegations are serious and warrant further scrutiny.

“We will examine the matter and try and bring pressure to bear on them to set up – perhaps with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting – some examination of Fiji to see what can be done to bring it back into rule of law,” he said.

Lamusona said...

People march in India, Israel, people fight in Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Malawi and about everywhere else where corruption and dictators rule. Why is nobody fighting in Fiji? Since 2006 the population has been kicked in the teeth on a daily basis while Khaiyum and his green morons fill their pockets with the money stolen from the people. It appears that Khaiyum's rule is exactly what Fiji deserves.

Anonymous said...

Global ays..

Fiji see whats happening in INDIA now.....

citizens are demanding PM to step down. they are on the streets too

no gutsno glory..

lets go Fiji.

Anonymous said...

Waste of time for Indians, let the Fijians fight for power now. Indians always been ignored in Fiji so whats new now.

One has to ask, uptil now how many Fijian leader stood up and protested against the government.

People opposed Chaudhry each time he took office, even when he introduced good tax of export of Fiji Water.

Ask for yourself who stood for people and who filled pockets.

Readers will say Chaudhry filled pocket, but be frank to yourselves and compare who was good leader.

Anonymous said...

The problems posed by the various questions asked of this article is very, very simple to answer!
STOP looking at others , like Roko Ului, Baledrokadroka, Fiji DEmocracy movement etc! Look within yourself and make you move if you beleive what is RIGHT has to be done! If anytthing the one Institution that can move the masses has shut up completely-the Methodists. Weren't they only good to march when it was an Indo-Fijian issue but now when its involves everyone else-wher are they? Now when they are much needed -no sound, no stir, no movement sermons to inspire, no Holy Spirit speaking any more, so whats happened-everyone become LAMU or do they now feel guilty that what they started years back with backing coups has come to haunt and forever bite they butts! It only takes 1 Fijian to get up and start the move just as one called Ghandi did in India & got rid of the might of British? But nay-that takes guts so where are all the true Kai Vitis-just firing blanks from across the sea expecting the UNION Movement to save the day-the same movement that Qarase was doing his best to get rid of! Confusion, contrive & convoyed! Simple-we in the state of who will lead us now?-when we had leaders who could unite us we called them names-now its every dog for themsleves!

Anonymous said...

No Name means NO CREDIBILITY. Any freedom fighter worth his salt would put his name to this article. Same ole, same ole, sa sivia na lamu!

Anonymous said...

I nominate Ului, and his followers to lead the march,true leaders must be examples so we can follow, don't push innocent people forward you show us when you want to lead.

Anonymous said...

Words, Words, Words, the normal i Taukei style. Levu ga na vosa. Bau tei mada eso na tapi. Sa sivia na vuce sa. Whilst the Indians are busy studying and working hard we all want to take part in politics. Tei mada na kedra na gone. For this is the usual I Taukei style Levu ga na vosa vakaoti i cegu. Be warned the so called "organisers" will observe from the side and show themselves only if they see signs of success in the march "Kana Buta. Kua sara ni da baci kuitaki.Simi Kaitani and Co led the 2000 march. When he was asked in Court he condemned and denied ever taking part in that march even though video footage proved his participation. Ni yadra na kai Viti. Sa rauta mada na kuitaki rawarawa.

World Traveller said...

Fiji has a lot to learn about ourselves and sovereighnty. We can start by watching and weight up what is happening in the world in countries trying to determined their future (the middle east) etc. No harm doing this let's open up our minds and see if we can learn