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May 13, 2009

After receipt of information yesterday that the military top brass were intending to detain Rev Lasaro, the network of the Church was galvanized in preparation for a common and united response towards popular peaceful demonstration and activities against the Bainimarama junta’s stance against personal liberty of the freedom from detention and degrading treatment, freedom of expression and the freedom of religion.

 Right throughout the night, mobiles and landlines rang hot while church officials, members of the congregation and divisional superintendents offered their support for Rev Lasaro while discussing strategies to be employed in the case of his detention.

  Civilians were mounted at Rev Lasaro’s residence at Nawanawa, while Church members were deployed on ‘standby’ duties to inform the world and the church community throughout Fiji should the military squad arrive to detain him.

This morning, the Bainimarama junta can breathe a collective sigh of relief that their military goons did not arrive to detain Rev Lasaro. To do so would have started a chain of events which in the end, Bainimarama and his illegal regime would have found difficult to handle – peaceful, yet firmly based on godly principles that cannot be compromised.

 Instead, some officers of the Police special branch, who now appear to be operating much like Hitler’s SS regiment, arrived. They related that Bainimarama was of the view that the high principles which Rev Lasaro and the high officials of the Church had agreed to with their counterpart churches in the Pacific, which formed the bulk of the material circulated for consideration and endorsement by the divisional meetings, were ‘inflammatory.’ Since when has insistence on justice and the rule of law become inflammatory? Of course, it has been so in the course of human history when dictators and oppressive rulers resort to breaking the law and lying to the people for their own survival.

That is exactly what Fiji is up against. So Bainimarama take note; although it may be a breach of your illegal government’s public emergency regulations, the Church’s duty is to stand up for God’s justice: We are not afraid, Christ and the many Church martyrs have shown us just how bitter that cup can be!


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  1. EnufDictatorship permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:26 AM

    I say God works in mysterious ways.

    And as much as I applaud the collective effort of church members to show support for Rev. Lasaro and be on stand-by, I know there is still more that we can do.

    For instance, the disciples waited for Pentecost to receive the Holy Spirit, who gave them the POWER to go and spread the good news.

    Is that what our churches should be doing?

    Wait for after Pentecost for any ACTIVE PEACEFUL PROTEST to happen?

    If the “SS” visit is any indication of the “rere fever” slowly but surely overtaking Vore’s goons, who seem to claim to believe in the works of the God we know is working for us and on our side cos He doesn’t support evildoers, then they will know for sure the end result of the saying: “Caqeta na matanimoto.”

    Come Lord! We wait for You patiently, but at the same time know that after You give us Your Strength, we must peacefully take charge and show You that we are worth being supported and carried through by You!

  2. ex Fiji tourist permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:33 AM

    From The Australian

    Rudd warns Fiji leader to do right by country

    From correspondents in Auckland, New Zealand
    May 13, 2009 02:20pm

    KEVIN Rudd has issued a stern warning to Fiji’s determined military leader Frank Bainimarama to do the right thing by his troubled country.

    “He knows what he must do,” Australia’s Prime Minister says of Mr Bainimarama, in power since a 2006 coup and refusing to heed regional warnings to return Fiji to democracy.

    In an editorial today, Mr Rudd said it was “absurd” to delay elections by five years, and that Mr Bainimarama had been telling insiders it could take another five more.

    “This is the behaviour of a military junta,” he wrote.

    Fiji became the first country to be suspended from the regional Pacific Islands Forum this month after repeated failures to go to the polls.

    Mr Bainimarama last month cast aside Fiji’s constitution, sacked the judiciary, censored the media and set back elections.

    The military man has said the delay was necessary to reform an unjust electoral system, reforms Mr Rudd says Australia does not oppose in principle.

    It was more important whether Fijians want them, said Mr Rudd, but under current public and media censorship, it was a decision they didn’t have a say in.

    “Unfortunately at the present time the people of Fiji are unable to express their views freely, either through elected representatives or in the media,” he wrote.

    “In any event it is absurd to suggest that up to five more years are needed to prepare for elections.”

    The opinion piece was circulated to Fiji media but is unlikely to meet the regime’s criteria for “positive, unsensational” news.

    Other points made include what Mr Rudd called Mr Bainimarama’s “incalculable damage” to Fiji’s international reputation and its economy.

    Up to 40 per cent of Fijians were living in basic-needs poverty, he said.

    In closing, the Prime Minister said the forum’s door remained open to Fiji’s interim government in the hope the country can “quickly return to its place as a leader of our region”.

    “But the onus now is on Commodore Bainimarama to do the right thing. He knows what he must do.”

  3. sesau permalink
    May 13, 2009 12:21 PM

    BAINIMARAMA DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE MUST DO. What he is doing right now is what he calls democracy.HE NEEDS THE WHOLE CONSTITUTION SHOVED UP HIS ARSE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. FreeFiji permalink
    May 13, 2009 12:48 PM

    Power to the people more intersting stuff coming

  5. Lote permalink
    May 13, 2009 3:37 PM

    Bainimarama ‘ululala’ think of it this way buddy! What do you do when you are playing a game in a sporting field against noone but yourself and your image. Do you think that installing fear onto the spectators will make you a smarter player then something is terribly wrong with you. First of all theres no opponent but your self conscious. Secondly, you are barking at the wrong tree because the tree is harmless and the bible is their witness. This is exactly what you are getting yourself into. Stop installing fear before you are loosing focus and wasting your last energy. Lastly, with the good energy sent in the wrong direction your game will be over before you know it. God bless all the Christians denominations of Fiji in Jesus name.

  6. vakilakila permalink
    May 13, 2009 3:53 PM

    Oh no, no, what is he doing. trying to shoot down a harmless messenger. enough bulshit vore. stuff you law in you a–e. your bulshit law is just for you and your piglets, not for the nation thank you. leave everyone alone. you swine.

  7. sime permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:33 PM

    yeah ..yeah So this is the starting of the END …I take my hat off to the OPPRESSED ;UNARMED ;BULLIED; finally standing up now and be counted . always had the belief that there was going to be a time when we the PEOPLE OF FIJI was going to say that ENOUGH ;-TIMES UP FRANKY ,,,,YOUR GUNS ,YOUR THUGS ,,YOUR BLUFFS,, DONT SCARE US NO MORE ,,WE WANT FREEDOM ,,YEAH FREEDOM . so you boys at rfmf camp you still have time to choose where you stand and please DONT sit on the fence…its WIRED

  8. Peace Pipe permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:14 PM

    Why does it takes 5 blinken years to carry out the electoral reforms. Using his all encompassing power like he did to the law and constitution he could enforce his brand of electoral system in one day and call for elections process tomorrow. All this hulabaloo is just coverup for their holding and remaining onto power for the next 5 years and perhaps more as Mr Rudd inferred. Someone or some organisation like the Methodist need to take the lead and the rest will follow them as this is a struggle by the people against a heartless military dictatorship leading the country to the precipice of destruction.

  9. kingrat permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:38 PM

    na leqa ya ni ra vuli vakavo.

  10. bodyguard permalink
    May 14, 2009 12:04 AM


  11. enough permalink
    May 14, 2009 1:13 AM

    Listening to his interview on Sky News,he is damaging himsef.
    He witnessed soldiers “bashing ” a CRW up who eventually got killed.
    He gave orders for them to be punished.
    He is saying that there is no problems in Fiji,food on the table…his brain is gone..cant he realise the many people out of work…Fiji Air the latest.!
    Fiji cannot be terminated from the PIF and in a few days of that interview,Fiji got terminated.
    i wonder how he looed like when he saw that he said wrong.
    They have the shortest 5 years to prepare or elections..ieeeee…what ….are we in USA?
    The Tongan Prime minister put the words in his mouth to say that elelctions will be in 2009…and he said YES.
    by the look of his face when he was asked if there were threats to himself as bainiarama..yes..reallity is shown in his face that it is true and trying to hide from it.
    In an interview on , he was asked wether he had the support of the people of Fiji and he said “YES”
    when asked “how do you know?”
    “No one has opposed me”…..lasutaka
    when asked that peolple were arrested and locked up,he sais there were only about 4 or 5 people who opposed him…lasutaka.
    He’s lying overseas.
    AG told a media person that there are no soldiers on roads and that they have gone back to the barracks…isaaa…al lies.and liars.
    they are on the streets in civilians,in workplaces as CEO’s ,Diretors,working in Govt institiuons,etc.etc.
    Sa rauta mada.

  12. Mark Manning permalink
    May 14, 2009 1:51 AM

    Hitler had Parkinson’s disease , yes , the Lord does work in mysterious ways indeed :-

  13. Mark Manning permalink
    May 14, 2009 1:54 AM

    Does anyone have the link to Frank’s troops singing happy Birthday to him last month at his residence ?
    He stood on the porch of his house with his eyes darting from left to right , like a frightened rabbit waiting to be shot !

  14. Mark Manning permalink
    May 14, 2009 1:55 AM

    How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb ?

  15. May 14, 2009 3:09 AM

    Good on you what are my catholic brothers and sister doing, you better stand up and be counted of same on you.

  16. Ropate permalink
    May 14, 2009 5:34 AM

    Mark you asked how many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? The short answer is “a tubelight”. That’s a Fijian slang for dumb. The problem with Frank and his Military minders is that they are all “tubelight” they don’t see whats behind the seductive message the hissing serpent is selling them. Its time that those behind Frank and his trusting boys in green be exposed — Aiyaz, Mahen Chodo, Akuila Yabaki, Shameem sisters, Gates, etc
    For some of them the mask has slipped off a little bit to expose their true face. There will be more before they are all exposed. For its in the bible that what is hidden shall be shouted from the rooftops

  17. navosavakadua permalink
    May 14, 2009 6:34 AM

    Suddenly the penny dropped in Frank’s tiny mind. If I lock Lasaro up, I can be sure that there will be a march and there will be protests. They’ll be marching and protesting to free him.

    And if the Methodists march, what next? Others will see what’s happening and they’ll be marching too.

    Frank knows his troops will not fire on the Methodist church members demanding that he free their man of God, not just because his troops are mostly Methodist, no, they won’t fire because he doesn’t trust most of them with bullets.

    Frank’s might arm his protection people, but can he trust all of the rank and file? He hasn’t forgotten the hasty exit from QEB via the cassava patch in November 2000.

  18. Mark Manning permalink
    May 14, 2009 6:46 AM

    Ropate ,
    who is behind this coup ? :-

  19. Mark Manning permalink
    May 15, 2009 3:57 AM

    the answer is none !
    The light bulb has to want to change !

  20. Ropate permalink
    May 15, 2009 4:39 AM

    Mark, maybe the whole Fiji people are “tubelight”? But people want change, no doubt about that, but the main problem is their fragmentation. Given that the vanua leadership through paramount chiefs are not initiating a response having suffered so much in the Goerge Speight especially the Kubuna Chiefs and people, and the Tui Cakau of Cakaudrove and his people from CBM. The spark has got to come for somewhere else. In my view it has to come in order of priority as follows: from sensitive and patriotic forces within the Military brave enough to stand up to Frank, Aiyaz and Aziz; outside intervention including the silver bullet option or a prod in the carf by a spiked umbrella point lasced with poison at one of Frank’s frequent overseas jaunts, voluntarily when the economy collapses and there is not enough money to pay for overseas debts; Under this scenario, lack of investment are creation of new jobs will create a Haiti situation where mass urban poverty and lawlessness will eventually force people to rise up and force the dictator to flee. I personally don’t read much in the methodists as providing a solution. So I discounted them from my list.

  21. Ropate permalink
    May 16, 2009 2:05 AM

    To Enough Says. Please can you give details of Voreqe’s SkyNews interview where he admitted he witnessed beatings of the CRW soldiers by his men, 5 of whom were eventually murded by them and not yet brought to justice. That admission alone is enough to convict Frank in the International Criminal Court in the Hague

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