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Fiji Democracy Movement – A Call to Action Public Meeting

April 18, 2009

Please tune into the ABC news this evening as they will be doing a live shoot from the meeting venue!

Final Reminder to those of you living in Sydney and surrounding areas.

A call to come and discuss how we can resist the Military Dictatorship in Fiji.

6PM at Yagoona Senior Citizens Centre, Ron Whitehead Park, Cooper Road, Yagoona. NSW. 2199.

  • Opening Devotion

  • Welcome

  • Speakers:

  1. Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka, Former Land Force Commander, RFMF.
  2. Joseph Raga, Former Political Analyst in Fiji
  3. Litia Radrekusa, Former Director of Community Policing in the Fiji Police Force and Youth Worker.
  4. Usaia P. Waqatairewa, Former Deputy Director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission.
  • Introduction of the Draft Sydney Declaration on the Restoration of Democracy in Fiji and deliberation by the audience.

  • Panel Session

  • Resolution

  • Vote of Thanks

  • Closing Prayers

If you cannot make it tune into the evening news on Sunday as there is wide TV coverage with the presences of all TV stations and TVOne from New Zealand.

Representative invited include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,  Australian Labor Party, Australian Liberal Party, Australian Bar Association, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and all the Churches.

Yes We Can!

God Bless Fiji.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2009 4:24 AM

    Vinaka Sydney and vaka nuinui vinaka ena sotasota ni kua!

  2. Katalina Balawanilotu permalink
    April 18, 2009 5:44 AM

    Best wishes

  3. EnufDictatorship permalink
    April 18, 2009 6:56 AM

    Godspeed! God’s blessings and in His own time and plan.

    If a timing of anything to take place should be discussed, I would suggest for it to happen after Pentecost.

    Rem., as Christians and having just passed Easter where Jesus’ disciples left helpless, powerless, faithless (Thomas) and even denied (Peter) knowing the source of their strength, it was on Pentecost when they were provided by the Holy Spirit, they were given the strength, the power, the drive to go forth and tell the world about the Good News….some became martrys of the faith too.

    Vinaka Sydney!!!! Best wishes!!!

  4. Mark Manning permalink
    April 18, 2009 8:06 AM

    I think the nail in the coffin for this regime was the disrespect for Christmas Eve 2006 with the illegal beatings , detention and abduction of female Citizens in Fiji and the Abrogation of the constitution of the Republic of Fiji on Good Friday 2009 .
    See you there this evening .

  5. Marama permalink
    April 18, 2009 9:13 AM

    Thank you sydney!!

    We will be there with you in thought and spirit,
    were here in fiji are watching all the shit hitting the fan
    at the barracks as we speak between Frank and an Driti.

    It will happen, they will fight each other from within.

    Pressure,, pressure.,pressure.,pressure,,,keep it on pressure

    Go Sydney, we in Fiji will be building up to for the hammer
    to fall on frankos head soon!

    All the best tonight

  6. Mark Manning permalink
    April 18, 2009 9:25 AM

    As Jews buried their own dead killed , from the gas chambers , the murders were able to continue , unrestricted , as there was no challenge .
    The number of guards compared to prisoners , was very few and could have been overwhelmed easily .
    But everyone was too scared for fear of losing their life .
    So , they continued to walk to their deaths in the concentration camps and continued to bury their own .
    Men , women and children , no one was spared .
    Now , I’m not even Fijian , I’ve spent over 2 years and thousands of hours on this bloody computer , but on behalf of those of you who are too scared , I’ll go to the meeting now in Yagoona and support the fight for your freedom !
    The question remains in my mind however , is how many , if any , like the prisoners of Auschwitz , of you are prepared to fight for your own freedom ?
    By the way , I have returned on 2 previous occasions to Fiji , awaiting a tap on the shoulder and a march to the camp .
    Luckily , I wasn’t taken in for questioning and a beating , but I still came to Fiji and despite the risk to myself .

  7. Marama permalink
    April 18, 2009 9:31 AM

    Thank you Mark, you are a fijian at heart. Thank you.

  8. Rosalind Pratt permalink
    April 18, 2009 10:41 AM

    Best Wishes to the Sydney gang.

    I am with you in spirit and thought.

    To all the ex Levuka Public School students please make an effort to attend the meeting. We have our 130 years reunion coming up in July and to have political stability in Fiji by then would be a bonus. Good Luck to all.

    SWM please do not delete as it is the real me. I don’t care anymore.

    Rosalind Pratt nee Rosa

  9. April 18, 2009 11:46 AM

    Vinaka Sydney Fijians. Our prayers will be with you, even though we cannot be with you physically. God grant you wisdom, insight and courage and give you the chance to inspire our hearts at home.
    God bless Fiji

  10. Samy permalink
    April 18, 2009 2:26 PM

    All the very best to the Sydney Kai Vitis.

    Many many thanks for the initiative and may you have great success in finding ways to get rid of Frank and his shadows.

  11. Marama permalink
    April 18, 2009 4:20 PM

    Aiyas is getting pressured now from Driti – The regime will topple soon from within read it on RawFiji News

  12. Mark Manning permalink
    April 18, 2009 4:33 PM

    Back now from a very fruitful meeting at Yagoona , no doubt you guys have already seen the broadcast on Television .
    Marama , your welcome but my true fighting spirit must have been there from an early age , many years before I met any Fijians or knew that they existed .
    I was brought up in a small village also , about 200 including the children of very young parents , a place called Maryknoll in Victoria , not far from the recent bush fires .
    And at primary school , until today , I can’t stand bullies !
    You can goole maps and look up 3 Mirrabooka road maryknoll to see where I grew up .

  13. FreeFiji permalink
    April 18, 2009 5:44 PM

    vinaka Sydney

  14. Hullo there permalink
    April 19, 2009 12:08 AM

    E ra sa bosebose na noda mai Sydney.

    E rawa beka ni da sa tekivu bosebose talega oi keda e Viti ?

  15. Mark Manning permalink
    April 19, 2009 1:20 AM

    Well , it’s all good and well to say , yes we can , but are we going to ?
    Franks’ reality :-

  16. Viti permalink
    April 19, 2009 1:49 AM

    Morning Mark and a big thank you to you and the Sydney people.

    Please can you tell us whether you had a good turn out at the meeting.

    I am sure others like me are dieing to find out.

    We must make sure we carry out our intentions.

  17. Marama permalink
    April 19, 2009 2:20 AM

    Yes, we havent seen it on Tv here yet, what was it like please

  18. Atu permalink
    April 19, 2009 2:24 AM

    Nice meeting so many people including Mark with one goal last night. Very encouraging considering the full house and people standing outside. Still can do better. I’m happy , in fact very happy! Well done Sydney!

    Bring back Democracy to my poor Fiji now! Bring back Democracy to my poor Fiji now! Bring Democracy to my poor Fiji now!

  19. meme permalink
    April 19, 2009 5:47 AM

    Considering the number of Fijians living in Sydney now,we can still mobilise more people to be a part of this movement! This is not political this is about fighting for our country and for our people whose rights have been deprived!There are alot of Fijian churches in Sydney that should participate!However ,the meeting was encouraging,it was good to know that there are people out here that are willing to stand up and fight for Freedom and Democracy in our beloved Fiji Islands!!

  20. meme permalink
    April 19, 2009 6:12 AM

    I was touched by the information that Litia gave regarding how Youths in Fiji are affected by these coups!At the same time it was exciting to hear Baleidrokadroka speaking out Boldly in Fijian language against Bainimarama and he’s regime! We had alot to eat! The food was tasty,also had supper later on in the evening.Alot of cakes and pastries to munch!Organisers did a wonderful job! The meeting went for more than 4hrs! It was worth attending the it!

  21. IslandBoy permalink
    April 19, 2009 7:32 AM

    Kerekere SWM-May we please have a comprehensive report of the meeting posted on this site as soon as possible. Sa Vinaka Vakalevu!

  22. Mark Manning permalink
    April 19, 2009 9:05 AM

    okay, I’ve remained quiet this morning as I don’t want to steal S.V’s . thunder .
    It was a very good night , charged with emotion as one would expect and people were finally prepared to expose their identities , despite the potential personal risk .
    One thing which I was pleased to note , was that it has not and will not become an Ethnic based dispute and that it was recognised that any dispute is simply with those who have chosen to deny any Fiji citizen , his or her Democratic and human Rights .
    Hocuspokus , thanks for the compliments .

  23. Celua Niumataiwalu permalink
    April 19, 2009 9:09 AM

    hey Mark I heard that the people were surprised by the organising especially the food and drinks and the speakers were awesome. Was a video taken as I surely would love to here the presentations.

  24. Bill permalink
    April 20, 2009 6:06 AM

    Awesome, you guys are doing a great job. Easy, bring back democracy first. Then, Voreqe should form a party with Epeli and Iloilo then go to an election with their agenda. How couldn’t a navy officer understand this simple rule. Stop holding the nation at a ransom. Thousands of peoples lifes more important then one or two heads.

  25. hocuspocus permalink
    April 20, 2009 6:59 AM

    @MM I’ve been reading your valuable remarks all day, I’m very thankful  for your wonderful insight and various funny remarks.  Please say thanks to your wife for allowing you more computer time.Vinaka vakalevu.

  26. Mark Manning permalink
    April 21, 2009 3:23 AM

    i did pass that on , thanks

  27. April 23, 2009 3:29 AM

    The overall intention of the Fiji Democratic Movement (Sydney) to return Fiji back to democratic rule although a noble and legitimate idea, is shallow and lacks credibility. This is the same democratic system that has failed the nation of Fiji, inherited two civilian and three military coups. The first goverment takeover happen in 1977, when the National Federation Party under the leadership of the Hon Siddy Koya, after winning the general election, was later dissmissed by the governor general, the late Ratu Sir George Cakobau. The subsequent military coups of 1987 (2), 2000 & 2006 is the result of the incomptency and irresponsibility of past Fijian administrations to reform and ammend the constitution that reflects the national conciuosness and societal paragdims in Fiji. I question the stakeholders of this movement, are you seriously advocating an archaic system of govermental institution that has failed to sustain Fiji’s economic growth and political stability for the last 39 years. Do you have a viable and a vibrant system of democratic rule which actually works, taking into account our history, culture, multiculturalism and globalism. We can all be part of the solution rather than fighting for a cause that only bring widespread chaos and anarchy
    to our beloved island paradise. A reasonable mind with a reflective mode of empathy is the best remedy for healthy living. PEACE.

    all intention is the return of democratic rule in Fiji

  28. Celua Niumataiwalu permalink
    April 23, 2009 3:52 AM

    Lazarus you idiot

    all the changes you suggesting should be made within the law. Why do you think what bainimarama is doing is right when they want to exclude the largest political part in Fiji at these dialogues.

    You are advocating for law breakers and a waste of space grrrrrrrrrrr

  29. April 23, 2009 8:18 AM

    Celua, a word of wisdom darling,
    Patient is a viture
    I do agree with your rhetoric that no one should be subject to any form of activity that delegitimized the rule of law, however, if you open your eyes, clear your mind of any preconcieve ideas that might prejudize your thoughts, than just maybe, you might understand the logic of my reasoning. Remember God loves you, and so do we. PEACE SIS.

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