|Fiji flag: synonymous with the struggle for democracy.|
Fiji citizens are being urged to snap up all available flags before the regime bans them ahead of introducing its one.
The former Opposition leader and the president of the United Peoples Party, Mick Beddoes, says given its actions people can expect the regime to issue a decree banning the current flag as soon as its reveals its replacement.
Beddoes says the current Fiji flag can become the people’s symbol of opposition and resistance leaving the regime's flag to symbolize 'oppression and evil.'
Frank Bainimarama, the country's self-appointed prime minister, announced in his New Year Day speech that Fiji would get a new flag to coincide with a new Constitution, to symbolise a new identity, one of unity.
Cunningly, the regime is to hold a competition to find its so-called winning new flag, thereby claiming the people were involved and chose the design of the flag themselves.
The current flag features the red, white and blue Union Flag of Britain in the top left-hand corner with the shield from the Fiji coat of arms on the right side.
New bank notes were introduced recently by the regime, rejecting Queen Elizabeth for fauna and flora. The flag is expected to go the same way and remove traces of its ties with Britain.
Beddoes is urging people not to wait and to get their flags as soon as possible.