|As he is today ..and below as the Fiji Sun have portrayed him.|
From the 14th meeting of China Zhejiang Investment and Trade Symposium in Ningbo (one of China's oldest cities), Voreqe Bainimarama has tried to spook the Womens Forum, describing it as 'limited' and unrepresentative of women in Fiji.
Under the headline PM to Women: All to speak up in the Fiji Sun today, Bainimarama claims the Womens Forum is 'only for those in city and town areas', and that it's trying to use women from rural areas.
Bainimarama dislikes most the way the Forum has rallied women to present a united voice to the Constitution Commission.
He would have us believe such an act of solidarity is a crime: “For the first time, everyone will have a voice. This is a fundamental part of the constitutional formulation process that cannot and must not be compromised.”
According to Bainimarama (pictured about the time he seized control of the country in 2006), the Constitution process is for 'ordinary Fijians, not just the elite or the well-connected.'
In another attempt at showing control, the regime has today also taken on one of the world's most gung-ho environmental protest group, the Sea Shepherd.
In a statement titled 'Radical Groups that disrupt legitimate environmental conservation not welcomed by Fiji,' the Ministry of Defense, National Security and Immigration says the global group, which is known for its skirmishes with Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, is radical and not welcome in Fiji.
|Sea Shepherd boat Steve Irwin takes on a Japanese whalers.|
It concludes: 'Radical international groups, such as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, any similar organisation or any other related party, which seek to sensationalise esoteric fishing practices, including on so-called "reality television," do so for purposes of self-promotion at the expense of disrupting legitimate conservation work.
"These groups are not welcome in Fiji and will not be tolerated by Government."