|ACCUSED: Felite Vunisarat|
All have been charged with third degree assault after allegedly punching the cop to the ground, beating him and cutting him with a knife.
The sixth, Lance Corporal Iosefo Yavala, 33, is further charged with second degree robbery. He's accused of taking the officer's mobile phone.
British newspaper reports say the brawl started at a nightspot in New York and carried on down the street, leaving splatters of blood along half a block.
The Fiji soldiers, who have appeared in a Manhattan court, say they lashed out when the policeman called one of them a ‘black b******’.
The six reportedly said ‘We don’t care. F*** the police’ when the off duty officer identified himself as a policeman and ordered them to back off.
The soldiers, whose regimental motto is No One Provokes Me With Impunity, were supposed to have played a team from the New York Police Department tomorrow, but have instead been shunted off to Rikers Island.
All six, who fronted for court in white tee shirts and shorts and trousers instead of their uniform, failed to come up with their $25,000 bail.
In the Golan Heights where Fiji soldiers might also be caught out in their shorts, the Fiji regime insists the 501- strong contingent 'will be safe if US forces launch an attack on Syria.'
RFMF Land Force Commander Lieutenant Colonel, Mosese
|HOW SAFE?: Golan Heights troops.|
Tikoitoga says the safety of the Fijian soldiers would be the responsibility of the United Nations.
"There are a lot of UN staff," says Tikoitoga.
"Fiji is part of the United Nations community so if there is anything to do with their safety, the UN will look after them.
"There are procedures in place to make sure they are safe. If the UN thinks that they are required to be pulled out from the area, they will be pulled out accordingly.
"It is a decision that has to be made by the UN."
Congress is due to vote next week on President Barack Obama's call for limited military strikes on Syria over the recent chemical attack on Damascus that killed more than 14-hundred people, many of them children.