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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fiji regime bends rules on public meetings for some but not others

Political parties: no one off permits. pic FijiLive
Unions: no one off permits either. pic Fiji Live
In typical carrot and stick pyschology, the regime has decided that Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Groups, including faith based organisations, will now be allowed to hold public meetings once they acquire a one-off permit.

The big stick, though, is still being wielded on political parties and unions who will need to apply for a permit if they want to gather, with the regime admiting it would probably reject the request.

It claims a one-off permit will help facilitate and encourage public discussions on Constitutional Consultations and recognizes the important role NGOs and Civil Society Groups play in the process.

So political parties and unions are not important? To the contrary. In recent months, the regime has spent considerable effort trying to undermine both groups so the decision to make things difficult for them is because it fears their power.

 
To get the permit, NGO’s and Civil Society Groups will need to apply to the Commissioner of Police  then once they have it, will need to inform him of the place and time of meeting at least 48 hours before they intend to meet.

The one-off permit comes with the warning that any organisation that breaches the Public Order Act by 'prejudicing peace, compromising public safety and good order, engaging in racial or religious vilification, or undermining or sabotaging the economy or financial integrity of Fiji' will be immediately stopped from holding meetings and any subsequent meetings.

 
But where does one draw the line about what it can or cannot say or discuss?

As with its other decisions in the past, the regime will probably make its own rules about whether one has broken the Public Act or not.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

FRANK ,ASK,MOSESE,AZIZ, AND QUEEN NAZHAT,BANO. ARE LAMU OF THE POLITICAL PARTY HAVING MEETING AND SUPPORT.
IF THEY THINK THEY HAVE FIJIAN SUPPORT LIFT ALL BS DECREE AND LET FIJI PEOPLE ENJOY FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY..
THATS WHAT FRANK SAID IN 2006 DEC .
HE WILL GIVE GOOD ACCT GOVT.FREDOM ,
UPHOLD THE 1997 CONSTITUTION AND NO MILITARY WILL BENFIT.LIAR LIAR LIAR CHOR CHOR CHOR.
MATE YANI CROOK BASTARD MF SONALEVU.

Anonymous said...

Speaking on radio this morning..Bai goes on his spin doctoring of SDL to change its policies and he finds it still rascist..well..how can that be when Chodory has sided with them??..One question for Bai is..Is he afraid of SDL??..ITs obviously clear that he doesnt want SDL back in power cause once they get back they will call for him to be tried in a legal court of law..with independent judges free from influence of a chosen few corrupt illegal wannabes..

Anonymous said...

These goons fear voices of reason to be heard again as it will turn the tides against them. I am convinced there will be no elections in 2014 but if there is one surely not a fair one as much of the bodies which represent the voice of the people will not be given the freedom to meet and be heard. Its back to square one folks. All this Ghai exercise a waste of time and taxpayers money.

Anonymous said...

Mr Qarase's address at last week's SDL meeting has placed these bufoons on a backfoot. The speech has created quite an impact and has firmed up the people's support for the retention of the 1997 constitution.

Anonymous said...

This decision comes as no surprise. The regime has suddenly realised that they are in for a hiding at any election.

Anonymous said...

Mick Beddoes, when are u ever going to loose weight??

Anonymous said...

Military says...

Frank/Aiyaz & Shameem/Gates..

what are you afraid off....can't keep using race as an excuse. Fiji citizens and taukei are more intelligent than you fools.

Labour/SDL coalition and not just sdl idiot. Fiji has woken up to all mallice and bull-shit brain washing your team has been uttering.

just get ready for Naboro....

Naz.....pants down & leg up.....

Anonymous said...

Is the pig Voceke close to dying yet?

Fat Cat said...

Well friends let us not forget that we live in a dictatorship where the rulers have a very strong incentive to stay in power. They know what happens when they lose their grip. A casual glance at international news would tell them that ruling by the power of the gun does get you where Mubarak and Gaddafi are right now: One will rot in jail the other one has already been eaten by maggots. So they cannot allow any critical voice. They will step in very quickly if somebody points out what the facts are: Death in custody, a shrinking economy, poverty, human rights violations, international isolation and last but not least, a couple of fat cats creaming off whatever they can.

mark manning said...

The instigators of this coup, the Shameemimi sisters, Gates, Pryde and Aiyaz now have themselves backed into a corner.
They now know and understand that it's only a mater of time before everything explodes in their faces and they are arrested and taken off to prison.
There is nowhere for these cowards to hide, nowhere for them to go.
They must acquiesce to the people's demands if they have the slightest chance of saving their own necks.
It's really just a question now of just what their fate will be. Will they have to leave fiji for good to avoid imprisonment, will they stay and try to justify their behaviour to the courts once Democracy and the constitution are restored or will they been taken out into the streets and beaten to death like Mussolini was ?

Anonymous said...

@ Mark Manning

They will run away to Australia and be welcomed with open arms by Canberra.

Gates is Australian.

Shameem is consultant for AUSAID.

And as usual Canberra, which plays both ends against the middle, will welcome them with open arms for the great work they have done in destabalising Fiji.

Nazhat Shameem is legal consultant for AUSAID. Receiving substantial fees from them.

mark manning said...

When Mr.Qarase came to Sydney and spoke at the Marrickville Town Hall a couple of years ago, I made it my mission to ask two very important questions. Important, not for me, but for Fijians.
1/
Is it true, that on Christmas Eve 2006, having made them run around the Parade Ground and Military Complex in their underwear and @ various stages of undress, Indigenous Fijian Soldiers @ the Military Barracks in Fiji, one being a female, stood on the backs of women, despite some of them indicating that they could be pregnant ?

This was confirmed by the speaker, as she herself had been one of the victims.

The reaction of the women in the audience was one of disbelief and disgust. It seemed that they were totally unaware of the allegations until that evening !

2/
Of the Panel I asked, and Mr.Qarase himself was beckoned to answer on behalf of the Panel :-
Were Fiji to return to a Democratically elected Government and the Rule of Law under the 1997 Constitution, given the allegations prior to the 2006 coup, against the Commander of the Military, Frank Bainimarama and his alleged implication in, direct role in and or knowledge of torture and murder of the 5 C.R.W. Soldiers in 2000, where is the incentive for him and his Regime to return to Democracy under the 1997 Constitution, knowing that to do so would immediately make him answerable for those Crimes under the Rule of Law ?

Despite the obvious danger to his own person and in the absence of any evidence of corruption against Mr.Qarase, his Government and its Ministers, he still bravely speaks the truth and maintains the Court of Appeal Ruling of April the 9th. 2009, that the 1997 Constitution of The Fiji Islands, remains the Supreme Law of the Land.

SEMI MEO said...

Why should we all be frightened of this very “relatively fluid“ warning that any organisation that breaches the Public Order Act 'prejudicing peace, compromising public safety and good order, engaging in racial or religious vilification, or undermining or sabotaging the economy or financial integrity of Fiji'??

Can we lean of the smart side of things here, and ..mmmm….alter our respective message but still locked on our focus for the good of all!!

First, the anti Bainimarama/Aiyuz and gang phenomenon and anti Coup sentiments are absolutely dead horses, flogged over and cursed over and KOed over..and…over..

Secondly, and more frightening is that many have inadvertently made ugly idols out of these…has engulfed their every day life and have regressed all their reasoning to be submerged by their hatred..hate…hate…hate..of the gang above.

Thirdly, soon (God forbid) may eat them from the inside out…self inflicted curse!...the imminent result may be worse than the effect their curse on the 2 phenomenon above..

Finally,..yes, the message!..we would certainly remodel our message for peace, public safety and good order, racial and religious tolerance, plan, act and speak economic prosperity…while maintaining with utmost pride and dignity and Fijianess our patriotic zeal..oh..and sanity!!

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Anonymous said...

semi too much talk na demu e bini tu oqo e Viti, lako mai mo mai cara bera ni o qai via vosa tu

Anonymous said...

We..ll, aren't the politicians and unionists responsible for much of the mess we're in today??

kai bau said...

It sums up as follows:
1.THE EDUCATED VS THE UNEDUCATED OR THE QUALIFIED PROFESSION VS THE NO SCHOOL
2.THE PEOPLE VS THE MILITARY WHICH IS ALSO THE PEOPLE VS THE DEVIL
3.THE POLITICIANS VS THE MILITARY IDIOTS.
Now we have come to the cross road guys.There is no way out for Frank as for how much he twisted the truth the LONG ARMS OF THE LAW WILL STILL SEND HIM BEHIND BARS.
Bainimaramas only way out to defer the election or continue rule the country with his military excution style of leadership.We should be all laughing now that what ever happens after 2014 will always go against Bainimarama.If he try to delay the election than I believe that the people will stand and throw him out.If he keep to his promise for the election he will be spending the rest of his time behind bars.Its no more either or its Naboro after 2014.

Anonymous said...

Semi Meo Ulukau...why the fark did your husband Bai have to give this decree in the first place.
We know very well that this decree is given to control the people. Its not about "racial equality " etc.
How stupid are you?
How can Indians and Fijians make up a party and then be called racists.
Are you stupid or what?
Vosa tu avakasama ululala.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Qarase and his Team and Chaudhary and com - please forget abour going back to poitics.
You two AHs screwed Fiji big time. Baini is doing a great job in improving the mess done by SDL.

Baini and his team will ave all the support inspite of a few who are always anti Baini.
Long live Baini.

Anonymous said...

Fiji is a pariah state and a loss cause. We all waiting for Frank to die. Where to then Baikum?

Anonymous said...

The exemption is made to enable the drunken padre Akuila Yabaki of CCF to pollute the masses with regime propaganda - Yash Ghai had helped set up the CCF and Yabaki was a great supporter of the coup, even advocating the banning of SDL at future elections

Anonymous said...

35% FIJI POPULATION LIVES IN POVERTY UNDER BAI/ASK GOVT.
25% HAS MENTAL ILNESS.
WHAT NEXT FIJI IS F UP BY THIS GROONS.
WAKE UP FIJIAN BEFORE FIJI IS ANOTHER SOMAILA AND UGANDA.
TIME FOR ACTION FIGHT FOR FREEDOM/DEMOCRACY NOW.
THIS BASTARD WILL KEEP BS PE DECREE TO STAY IN POWER.

Semi Meow said...

2014 >> election or no election? that's what in Frank's head everyday.

Qarase has a pending Case before High Court said.. said...

@Mark Manning

What you talking about that there is no corruption by racists Qarase?

His case is before courts, you fool.

Anonymous said...

FIJI IS NOT MOVING FORWARD BUT REVERSE HAHAHAHA.
ARMY HAVE F FIJI SINCE 1987 COUP.
FIJI IS LAGGING BEHIND 25 YEARS.
FIJI IS NOLY THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE NEW CONSTITUTION EVERY TIME THERE IS A COUP.
FIJIS PROBLEM IS NOT THE PEOPLES GOVT BUT THE ARMY GREED FOR POWER.
WHY DIDNT THE ARMY ALLOWED AG TO AUDIT THE REGIMENT ACCOUNT.BUTAKO LEVU.REMOVE ALL THIS BS DECREE AND RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW AND CONSTITUTION AS IT STILL ALIVE.

Anonymous said...

Nazhat, bainimarama, Aiyaz, Nur Bano, Gates.... 2014 you'll all be in Naboro.
Justice always prevails.
lol

Anonymous said...

Everyone and their dogs know that Qarase's case before the courts are trumped up charges just to sideline him from the political limelight. The people of this country understand how this regime is using selective justice picking on its enemies and throwing them into the courts just to drain them out mentally, financially and also to turn the people's support away from them. The question that needs to be posed to this regime is the cutt-off date of corruption offences they are attending to and if that's the case then there are a lot more others that needs to be investigated not only Qarase. Jim Ah Koy's acquisition of land around Marela House is one that comes to mind. How come one man is allocated all that piece of prime real estate in the heart of the capital after Rabuka's coup. We all know Jim was an ardent supporter of Rabuka's coups and became a minister in his cabinet. Why are people like him not being pursued ..there are a lot more others. Jim has been supporting coups because he benefits enormously when the political situation is in disarray. Quality Print, Punjas, these are other people that you see around Rabuka after his coups. Why? because the situation presents an ideal opportunity for them to get what they want as the system can be short-circuited during those kind of time.Why don't we go back to the Alliance days. Why only pick on Qarase? Why no investigation on Marela House. How one Prime Minister got his family property leased out to the government he was heading? t needs to be asked and are as far as The only thing that we see is the implementation of selective justice where political foes of the regime are being targetted just to push them out of the political circle.

Anonymous said...

SDL AND FLP LIVES .
ARMY PARTY SVT DEAD .
WE WANT FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY NOT BS DECREE THAT IS RULED BY THE POWER OF THE GUN.
MPSESE DONT OPEN YOU DUMB MOUNT LIAR CON ARTIST.

Anonymous said...

@10.14am I agree, there are alot of shady business deals going behind the scenes. As for Qarase, please get a good lawyer and start going over your defence...otherwise you could be next to Rokovunisei's cell..

SEMI MEO said...

..lol...lol...lol...oh boy..how hate has straggled sanity , goodwill and logic from some faceless and nameless cowards in this esteemed column…

Returning home every day , they’d sit around dinner table with their family and the Mrs aks you to say evening prays..this how they may lift their family’s supplication to what ever deity their serve.

.” dear god of the blog, thank you for hiding me under the wings of the sulu i ra and shari so no one, not even you oh god of the blog could see my ugly face and know my pathetic name..oh,I hate my name, my parents made a terrible mistake for now I dread and ashamed to be called........., I will now go and change my name in the FNPF, Bank..oh and in the hospital record also in case they give me the wrong injection when I’m rushed in for my daily sanity dose…oh god of the blog, can you go and curse Semi Meo and his God?..what?..you can’nt..tch…tch..tch”.aaammmeenn"...

.so engrossed in the prayer that did not hear the whole family packing and leaving the faceless, nameless coward and stranger to wallow in his own self pity stinking soup…moce joe…moce joe…!!

I can only beg the honourable visionaries of C.5 to please….please keep these “Anonymous” undercover religious nuts and under cover patriots posting in this esteemed column ….at least, Fiji’s history will record the few among us who were born to warm chicken eggs, while the rest of us dwell in the high cliff face of our volatile political gusts and still soar away victories in the pathway to a resurrected Fiji!!

OH..theere are more political parties registered....may be a "ANONYMOUS POLITICAL PARTY"??..campaing anonymously and shh..shhh..vote anonymously...shh...shhh

mark manning said...

Mr.Qarase was the only one brave enough to fly, literally, into the eye of the storm.
Don't you all recall the Military road blocks and the Soldier's taunting him to get out of his vehicle at the Gates of the President's Residence in Suva ?
Frank was outsmarted when Mr.Qarase was flown over the road blocks by an Australian Pilot by helicopter.
The Pilot and his helicopter blew up the next day, off Nadi.
Other Ministers of the Government, were flown to the safety of the outer Islands prior to Mr.Qarase facing the Military.
So don't say he was not courageous, he was.

Anonymous said...

Qarase was the biggest Lamu sona during the coup.
He took off to his island and did not have the guts to face the army.
If he was a genuine leader, he would have taken the army bullets - but no. He was lamu sona ans still is.

Anonymous said...

Qarase belongs to the lot who take advantage of the ignorant chiefs and use the GCC to qualify their dubious deals in the name of indigenous rights but it is really only for him and his clique group. Long after the FIjian Holdings, they were still doing it, to the extent of using up the extinct mataqali funds on his Muslim friend who has returned to NZ. While I am against ALL coups, it just so happened that the 2006 caught Qarase with his pants down. He has been systematically doing this and using his so-called educated self to justify his action. But, at the end of the day, while he might have done some good, his empire-self building outweighed everything else, as his education would have ensured he did just that. Na kaisi ga sa kaisi.

Anonymous said...

"born to warm chicken eggs' lol
"resurrect Fiji" I didn't know that Fiji was dead. lol
"dwell in the high cliff face"
What have you been smoking mate?

Anonymous said...

Dan Uraia all the way!!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Qarase reminds us that Frank Bainimarama is only a transcient ischemic attack in the body politic of Fiji. This TIA is the cause of our searing headaches. Because of him we suffer incomprehensible, slurring speeches. He makes us dizzy and unable to move forward. Fiji is unlikely to survive five more years under his misrule.

Dr. Qarase has prescribed a good initial course of treatment -- unity, a positive, nonracist approach, and firm adherence to the Constitution. But I'd like to offer a second opinion. In my view, such palliatives only treat the symptoms, not the disease. 

Bainimaramaitis is the symptom of a particularly virulent form of syphilis contracted through the RFMF in 1987. This strain doesn't respond to antibiotics alone. Radical surgery is the only alternative. The gangrenous portion of the RFMF must be surgically removed if Fiji is to avoid further attacks.

Bainimaramaitis always begins by opportunistically masking itself as a common cold, mimicking nationalist or anti-imperialist or multiracialist or anti-corruption campaigns in its early stages but presenting symptoms of paranoia and megalomania the longer it remains untreated. Accordingly, its current pretense at a constitutional and election process is nothing but folderol intended to forestall the medical intervention Fiji needs to survive. 

Therefore, don't fall into the trap of thinking that genuine electoral politics are now returning to Fiji, because that emphatically is not the case. Bainimarama isn't likely to stand in a fair election. More likely, he'll use the current process to weaken rival parties and institutions and to strengthen Fiji's presidency. He'll then have himself declared president by the Cabinet, without standing for election at all. In other words, he'll use the constitutional 'dialogue' to change the rules so that he's protected no matter who becomes prime minister. 

This pathology should become manifest over the coming year. I then expect Bainimarama to have himself declared president-for-life a year or two after usurping the office.

The best way to improve the patient's prognosis is to treat Bainimaramaitis as the malignancy it is. Otherwise, it will keep Fiji locked in a death grip. Use the phony remission temporarily afforded by Bainimarama's constitutional dialogue farce to establish an organisation as ready to contend against Bainimaramaitis in the streets as in the elections.

And to Dr. Qarase, I say physician, heal thyself. For the love of Fiji, put aside your personal ambitions and, with Mahendra Chaudhry, declare your intent to form a unity government to lead Fiji through a one-year transitional period to prepare Fiji for free and open elections and a genuine constitutional review. Or settle on a single, unifying candidate. But then step aside. 

Make common cause, not for the sake of elections, because the regime already intends either to abort them or to render them meaningless, but for the sake of prepping the team of surgeons ready to operate to save Fiji from its next Bainimarama-induced stroke.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 3:28 Qarase is still there in Suva facing the army.
What about you?
Qarase wants the election now.
But Bai and the army too scared.
They scared they'll lose and all go to jail. lol
Bai is so stupid, he is still thinking about what to do. Another 2 years.
But Qarase is ready NOW.
Lets do it now and see who the people will vote for. lol lol.
Harrreh Bai and Aiyaz yaaaar. Bohut lamu sona yarrrr.

Anonymous said...

@ anon June 24 3.28..You sound like a sick little dumb stupid child,,You have all the characteristics of a runaway school boy that ended up shoe shining on the streets..then again you might be one Bai and Aiyaazz's supporter that doesnt know what Lamu sona means..it means that you cant defend yourself and has used a gun to take a country hostage..you dumb asshole stupid son of gun..

Anonymous said...

@ June 4, 2012 3:28 PM
why should he take the army bullets...are you in your right mind!!!!...that would clearly indicate to us that he is stupid...the leader has to be protected...dah...why does Bainimarama surrounded himself with bodyguard...
The only reason you army are so puffed up was because you are the only people who could legally carry guns...legalized guns and you will find out who the real lamu sona's are...
At least the Fijian in the British army could talk about the battles in Iraq or Afghanistan...The fijian army...what do you have to say about yourselves...I know...oh.."we were peace- keepers..the U.N gave us alot of food that we returned so fat...well...or we were involved in the Coup...
Modern day Army have no legacy to leave behind like Sukanaivalu..and the others...the only legacy you left behind is getting vulnerable women pregnant....What a shame!!!!

SEMI MEO said...

Bothy of June 4, 2012 4:52 PM...oh...hheelloo! ..you’ve just been hatched ?..poor chick..now run to mother hen and hide or some big bird will scoop you off…now don’t cry..run..run..and cover your feathery bum!!

Tavako Ni Naqalimare said...

Anonymous @4.52pm..I suspect as you say this Meo is smoking Bai cigar.

Anonymous said...

@semi 6:26 what the f#@*k are on about. Feathers, chickens. What the hell has that to do with corrupt police?
I think you need help.

SEMI MEO said...

June 5, 2012 1:21 AM...folow my drift??..ke sega drau qai lai punpun ka simoko taka na suki kei TNN..oti ya, drau qai masi toka na nomudrau sominiwai ena dua na vuchi ni dua...well, gona drau sa na qai tiko dina mai Naqalimaqe...opps..Naqalimare!..lol
Lets the chickes of life wallow in chicken brain game..while the rest of us eagles soar over and above the slimy, spews of these faceless cyber thugs...oh..my God C.4..do you have a ..eh..cyber hosepipe to clean and wack these cyber thug on their feathery behind!!

Anonymous said...

Semi, stop picking on the defenceless chicks, you cyber thug, you!