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Let’s organise ourselves to resist the illegal junta in Fiji

April 13, 2009


Bloggers, this Easter has certainly resurrected and rekindled the fire into Fiji’s political situation, thanks to Bainimarama’s knee jerk reaction causing incompetent President Iloilo’s to commit treason by abrogating the 1997 Constitution.

SWM has been inundated with requests from its members to organise resistance cell groups all over the world as we work towards a common goal of bringing this illegal junta to its knees; the restoration of a democratic government in Fiji and bringing all those involved in the coup to justice.

SWM wishes to acknowledge the Sydney Fiji Community and its proposed Sydney Declaration, which the organisers hope to adopt in their Meeting this coming Saturday (18/04/2009) at the Yagoona Senior Citizens Centre.

I want to congratulate Usaia Peter Waqatairewa and his fellow organisers in Sydney. I urge the Fiji Community in Sydney to attend this Meeting at the Yagoona Senior Citizens Centre on Coopers Road in droves and show the world, we the former Fiji citizens, current Fiji citizens and friends of Fiji residing in Australia do care about what is happening in Fiji.

I urge all other communities in New Zealand, USA, UK, Asia & Europe to consider either adopting the Sydney Declaration or a similar one before we begin collectively organising together within and without Fiji for mass protests outside Fiji High Commissions and Consulates throughout the world, petitioning Fiji High Commissioners and their staff, pressuring host & foreign governments, South Pacific Forum, UN, Interpol, EU, International Courts, etc.

SWM has in the past been criticised for being too closely aligned with SDL. I wish to reiterate SWM is a-political because our membership transcends political parties and racial barriers. The fact remains however; SDL was the legal government in place when illegally toppled from power by Bainimarama. This fact was finally declared by the Fiji Court of Appeal after over 2 years of lies and counter lies.

RFN with its ‘on again and off again relationship’ with Qarase has congratulated him for persevering with the legal system until he was vindicated by the Fiji Court of Appeal. He has done his part and now it is up to us.

SWM would like to offer our congratulations to Qarase as well because it takes a lot of guts and patience, especially when most around him wanted to resort to tougher means. This is a true mark of a leader unlike his usurper and pretender Bainimarama.

One other interesting development members, I can disclose certain high profile dissenters of the illegal junta and current registered members of SWM have recently passed through Fiji Immigration over the weekend and are now safe in Australia. I personally spoke with one of them today and they assured me, they will be assisting our cause here in Australia.

I would also like to welcome former Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka to Australia and thank him for his article and look forward to many more in the coming weeks. You will remember folks, Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka confronted Bainimarama prior to the December 2006 coup and was relieved of command.

SWM urges it members to remember and pay heed at all times, in whatever we do to achieve our collective objectives, we strive to remain within the law because that is the standard we are relying upon to bring these coup perpetrators to justice.

We can’t rely on the same law we broke to prosecute them for treason – can we? So with this in mind, let us start organising this wonderful Easter Monday….YES, WE CAN!!! YES, WE CAN!!! YES, WE CAN!!!

Tui Savu.



Queensland. AUSTRALIA.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 14, 2009 12:28 AM

    Of course this will work for the long term ONLY

    The problem we have always had is that those on the ground are not willing to show resistance

    For those of us who are doers and not so much of talkers .. would like very much to see a balance in this equation whereby the people on the ground be willing to march in a peaceful show of resistance

    There is no Law broken when they do this

    If there is any law broken? it will be committed by the coup makers’ guns

    People going to the streets are not there because they are breaking the laws. We need to see them taking active and courageous steps in resisting this dictator peacefully

    It is now or never

  2. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 14, 2009 12:31 AM

    We have an E-Petition on front of this Website

    Perhaps if that page is worked on ??

    Might just help in this petitioning ideas we have now tossed around for the umpteenth time

  3. Mark Manning permalink
    April 14, 2009 1:27 AM

    I’d like to know , did the Vice President resign , and can the GCC sack the President ?
    If the Vice President did not resign and the GCC can sack the President , then the President should be sacked and the Vice President become the legitimate President . At the same time , a new Vice president should be elected .
    Once that is achieved , the Military should be ordered back to Barracks and the coup perpetrators arrested !
    Someone posted a comment yesterday stating that the President’s clan had tried to gain access to him since 2005 to return him to his village because he was incapacitated and unable to function as the president , but they were refused access by the Military when they approached his residence .
    Also , they stated that Rabuka was frequently seen in the vicinity on several occasions while all this was going on , on various occasions .
    If that is so , one would have to ponder the question , was his conviction for mutiny thrown out , not because of a lack of evidence , but because he made a deal with the junta !
    Does anyone know who started this story ( Sisilia Viade ? )
    Why weren’t we told 3 years ago and what can we do now to inform everyone so that the general public are informed of the truth ?

  4. Mark Manning permalink
    April 14, 2009 1:29 AM

    Also , someone last night ( Nostradamus ? ) suggested that the President had resigned .
    Does anyone know if this is correct and is Mr. Qarase going to resign today as stated ?

  5. Keep The Faith permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:18 AM

    folks they are attempting to hack into gmail accounts…change ur PWs now

  6. Mark Manning permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:31 AM

    The Military is now occupying the Fiji Reserve Bank .
    Check out the link in this page : _ ( Fiji under the spotlight )
    and spread this link anywhere and everywhere you can !

  7. Mark Manning permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:35 AM

    Make sure you save and bookmark all the good links you are being given because that will enable you all to remain informed from outside Fiji and please post any other links here on S.V. and share those with us so we can all bookmark them also :-

  8. Mark Manning permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:40 AM

    It’s time for Fijians to secretly video the activities of the Military etc. which are going on in Fiji and to secretly download that information onto the internet for the international media .
    The need for secrecy is paramount , so you don’t get caught filming and it’s important that no one share with anyone else that they are filming or gathering intelligence because you just don’t know where your friends or relatives loyalties may lay . Trust no one , not even family !

  9. sesau permalink
    April 14, 2009 3:03 AM

    Sai vei mada o ira na i taukei. Sai vei mada na domodra e a rogo levu tu e na 1987 kei na 2000. Sa levu ga na vosa. Sa qai tu na da!.Sega ni rawa ni dua e tu me saqata na mataivalu. Na mataivalu era tamata ga. E ra sa rere kece tu. Vakabulai ira tiko qo na gusu ni dakai. Ni yavala. They will freeze from top to bottom!

  10. Mereani permalink
    April 14, 2009 3:34 AM

    Can we start by sending a letter to the UN and Ban Ki Moon to stop inviting Bainimarama to speak at the General Assembly?. The next one is in September and this is the world forum that’s been allowing this lunatic to spill his filth and give him a sense of legitimacy every time he does. Unless the UN stops inviting him the USA cannot do anything but grant him a visa.

  11. jon permalink
    April 14, 2009 3:38 AM

    I’m ready and waiting in New Zealand (Tauranga) to make contact with any like-minded individuals in the NOrth Island who are prepared to meet/demonstrate against the illegal junta. How do we hook up?

  12. Mark Manning permalink
    April 14, 2009 5:18 AM

    Just be aware of the spys , they are everywhere .

  13. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 14, 2009 5:22 AM

    Aptil 14, 2009 at 2.40 am

    That is the reason we who live overseas should not shoulder all the work to get Fiji back to democracy

    Why should it be us always putting out when they on the ground can not even get their acts together. Reporting on each other to the dictator for the purpose of scoring points. I don’t want to put my neck out unless they are serious about their destiny.

    Why should we ?

    We will be willing to meet them halfway and shoulder the sufferings side by side but for us to do all the work while they take their dire situation as a joke is utter nonsense.

    They must organize themselves and show up in a variety of peaceful resisting stances.


  14. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 14, 2009 5:24 AM

    I don’t give a damn about them so called spies

  15. Jon permalink
    April 14, 2009 6:11 AM

    Does anybody have an email or phone contact for Nik Naidu, in Auckland I believe?

  16. Fiji Democracy Now permalink
    April 14, 2009 9:34 AM

    @ Tui Savu: We are behind you all the way.

    The response of SWM and other Freedom Bloggers is the only positive aspect to the events of the past few days. There is only one word for it – inspiring!

    As the Second Bainimarama Dictatorship moved to muzzle our media, Freedom Bloggers moved just as quickly to fill the information void, and how well they are doing it.

    The big story the dictatorship is be now trying to hide (and bloggers will try to expose) is the appointment of the judiciary.

    Some expatriate and Fiji judges are resisting pressure to accept reappointment and we are confident quite a number will refuse.

    This makes it a critical and potentially highly embarrassing issue for the dictatorship and explains the timing of the throwing out of the Australian and New Zealand journalists.

    The number of references to the announcement of the judiciary made since last Friday by puppet president Iloilo, Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum tells us the issue is central to their agenda.

    And talking of agendas, we noticed that nowhere in his national televised “address to the nation” did the dictator make mention of the People’s Charter. What does that tell you?

    Is it because his naive formula for a force-fed Utopia was simply another contrivance, a convenient smokescreen to deploy to audiences like the UN General Assembly, and buy more time?

  17. Fiji Democracy Now permalink
    April 14, 2009 9:37 AM


    Fiji is about to be given the cold shoulder by the whole world. We at Fiji Democracy Now say it’s time for everyone with family members in the RFMF to impose their own sanctions and give them the cold shoulder.

    There’s no need to explain it. Just stop talking to them. They’ll understand. They know what their leaders are doing to the country.

    And if they’re smart they’ll realise that their pay packets will wind up empty one day or full of Fiji dollars that won’t buy anything if this madness doesn’t stop

  18. angie.heffern permalink
    April 14, 2009 10:05 AM me @ I am trying to get hold of community leaders in auckland..there are a number of individuals/groups I have been asked to contact.

  19. angie.heffern permalink
    April 14, 2009 10:15 AM

    @ KB..there a number of things that can be done by those living overseas..we have access to govts officials etc. We should be using these opportunities to lobby …you mentioned the petition…I agree that it can be reworked with a few key demands/requests and sent to foreign govts. We are are in the process of finalising a number of lobby letters to the UN , Forum Sec, Pacific Govts, ComSec , aust, NZ. Will send around when done. Strength in numbers..I see no reason whu we cannot support e-letters/petitions that can be sent directly to foreign govts etc.
    We need to keep the pressure on the Forum …..they tend to dither. Getting Fiji soldiers and police officers sent home immediately should also be a key focus as well….

  20. April 14, 2009 10:32 AM

    Good call, Tui Savu.

    Internationally based bloggers should also call on their governments to stop funding all pro-coup NGO’s like the CCF and Father Kevin Barr.

    The UN won’t cut off their support for FHRC and they won’t fire Sh*tster but they should be alerted to the need to get Shameem out of her post, do whatever it takes.

    The UN should definitely cease all Fiji peacekeeping contracts.

    Keep writing to the governments of your resident countries to denounce the Dictator and support our return to free and fair elections.

    God bless Fiji

  21. Keep The Faith permalink
    April 14, 2009 11:06 AM

    The UN has any power over the FHRC because it is a domestic body ordained by the constitution. What the UNOHCHR can do is isolate it (and I think it may have already via the regional sub-grouping of human rights institutions) from being recognised as a bona fide human rights body because it has not adhered to international HR standards for HR bodies.

    Yes to UN and cessation of peacekeeping. I suspect UN Sec Gen is doing this either because of (a) his close relationship with Berenado Vunibobo or (b) the UN is in dire need of expendable troops to go to war-zone hotspots but I don’t doubt that Helen Clarke’s new presence in NY will see this end soon.

  22. April 14, 2009 11:05 PM

    BTW Vinaka Tui for recognising the incredible dedication of PM Qarase who I know you met during his visit to Australia.

    Here’s “Bruce’s Boss” commenting on my blog – an idea that deserves to be spread as widely as possible.

    God bless Fiji

    My legal friends tells me that this is the way forward:
    There IS ALREADY a constitution in place. The President is appointed under the Constitution and he has no lawful authority to abrogate the Constitution or to dismiss the judges or to act inconsistently with the law as declared by the Court of Appeal.
    The President should IMMEDIATELY name a Caretaker PM and take the country to elections if he is to save his reputation..
    The President has, by his conduct renounced his office under the Constitution by declaring that he intends to ignore its requirements and make up his own laws.
    That being the case, the office of President is arguably vacant and can be filled by the Great Council of Chiefs under section 90.
    Although the Great Council is supposed to consult with the PM, there is no lawfully appointed PM so the doctrine of necessity must mean they can act without that advice.
    Alternatively, if the President is unwilling or unable to carry out the Court of Appeal’s directives, he should immediately resign from office.

  23. Frida permalink
    April 15, 2009 7:38 AM

    Agree with you angie.effern and maybe for those outside of Fiji, organise protests outside Fiji embassises or missions in your country and call big media outlets to reprt on the story and send it on to Fiji through the blog, youtube, CNN, BBC, ABC which we can still acess at home. In asia, this has been done and people were using masks but the messages on placards should be very clear.

  24. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 15, 2009 8:39 AM

    @ Sesau I concur.

    This is the time for all those marchers down the streets of Suva a decade or so ago to stand again and be heard. And without sticks and stones or lovo to dig up on the grounds of government buildings but DO come out peacefully and show us and the world you disagree no matter the consequences. They have to shoulder the burden of whatever comes after. This is the step for them to take now. No longer enough to sit back and let some others take charge of their affairs without their own physical presence and participation.

    They must.

    They owe it to themselves and their future generations to come out — stand now and be counted and if they die in the process then they die heros and because they started it and lost their lives they will not have died in vain


  25. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 15, 2009 9:36 AM

    Fiji Law Society are out in numbers.



    Fiji Times photographer Jai Prasad was taken in for questioning by Police yesterday.

    Mr Prasad was one of the three media personnel who were taken into Lautoka Police Station in relation to their coverage of a peaceful protest by the members of the Fiji Law Society

    The other two were Fiji Television reporter Ranbeer Singh and cameraman Harry Tabanidalo.

    Seven Police Officers marched into the Fiji Times Office with a search warrant and demanded that they take Mr Parasad’s camera bag.

    Team Leader Inspector Suliasi Ratu said they were sent to confiscate Mr Prasad’s camera.

    He said directives were issued from their headquarters in Suva in relation to the pictures taken at the protest.

    Mr Prasad said that nothing happened at the station.

    “We just went there and after a while they told us that we were released,” he said. They did nothing to the photo and the camera.”


  26. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 15, 2009 9:38 AM

    This is such a relief.

    Thank you! Fiji Law Society.

    Thank you all. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you.

  27. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 15, 2009 9:53 AM

    This is the kinds of demonstrations that we need to see more of. I am so proud of our legal fraternity. Isa ! vinaka vakalevu.

    I will sleep soundly tonight with a smile on my face.

    Vinaka. Vinaka sara vakalevu.

    Thank you.

    Thank you very much indeed from the depth of my soul and with all of my heart

    Malo a vakadrakai.

  28. paulina permalink
    April 19, 2009 12:14 AM

    I am helpless and I know I dont have any manpower to fight against this evil man [Bai], but I think that the only best way I can do now is to pray for GOD to help me with the wellbeing of my family, my neighbour and my country. You know GOD is watching him everyday and all the evil move he has made but remember one day then he will get the consequences, one day GOD will make him suffer more than what he has done to the people of Fiji.

  29. paulina permalink
    April 19, 2009 12:26 AM

    What the UN should do to remove Fiji from the peacekeeping duties as this is how bai maintains his own soldiers. Once it removes then u see the fun, the soldiers will turn against him.

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