In a clear attempt to muffle the voice of democracy, the junta's spokesperson Mosese Tikoitoga has moved to stomp on two events this week that show the citizens of Fiji are still fighting hard for a return to democracy.
Using the well-heeled regime organ the Fiji Sun, Tikoitgoa yesterday tried to belittle womens groups meeting for the first time since 2006 and calling for gender equity at both the political and constitutional level.
Today, the cardboard colonel tried to downplay the significance of a letter from the Rewa chief Ro Teimumu Kepa to Frank Bainimarama about the abolishment of the Great Council of Chiefs.
The letter tells Bainimarama fair and square: “The revolutionary changes that you are making in Fiji cannot be made without the involvement of the Great Council of Chiefs of Fiji. They are the source of peace, stability and unifying factor for the different communities living in Fiji.”
Trotting out the regime's stock argument the chiefs had to go because they had become highly politicised, Tikoitoga claims Ro Teimumu's letter is a non-issue. Yet he's using the Fiji Sun to promote his cause.
Sticking to his story that Fiji is moving forward, he reminded people that "All grievances must now be aired through the democratic channel and not through an undemocratic channel like the GCC."
Tikoitoga has his work cut out for him. There has been huge support for Ro Teimumu despite detractors and regime aligned regional journalists making out she is playing the race card.
If anyone's playing the race card they are.
There is also support for the womens groups and their call for an immediate return to democracy, despite Tikoitoga telling people NGOs are self-serving.
We will no doubt see more of Tikoitoga as the regime continues its charade of allowing people to engage in so-called constitutional talks (only to claim via media they're racist and greedy) and the country prepares for 2014.
The RFMF land force commander will be marched out to keep people in line, allowing Bainimarama to continue his electioneering, pretending he's squeaky clean and fit to be voted in as PM or President.
Such is the hypocrisy at work in Fiji today .... as it moves forward.
Beware of NGOs