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FDFM Press release

December 4, 2009

PRESS STATEMENT

The Sydney based Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement is organising a weekend of action to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Commodore Bainimarama led military coup of December 5th 2006.

Movement’s Interim President Usaia Peter Waqatairewa said “the last three years have proven once and for all that our national quest for a vibrant, free and prosperous Fiji cannot be achieved by power from the barrel of a gun nor through proposed reforms dictated upon the people of Fiji”.

Waqatairewa added that the Movement aims to remind Australians and the international community that all is not well in Fiji. Thousands has been laid off work, skill workers have left in drove for greener pastures overseas, inflation has skyrocketed on basic food prices; the media is heavily censored and basic human rights of the people remains heavily suppressed.

To mark the anniversary, the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement is organising its inaugural annual conference. This will be attended by representative of various chapters established across Australia. It will commence at 9.30am on Saturday the 5th of December at the Yagoona Senior Citizens Centre, Ron Whitehead Park, Cooper Road, Yagoona. NSW. 2199.

The Honourable Laurie Ferguson, MP will open the Conference and will be providing an update on Australia’s effort to restore parliamentary democracy in Fiji. Hon. Ferguson is the Federal parliamentary secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services.

The conference, with the theme “Fiji in crisis: let is try to break the deadlock” in recognition of the impasse reached in previous attempted dialogue towards the restoration of parliamentary democracy.

The conference will make another attempt at finding ways to break the political impasse and has invited expert speakers to come and speak before discussing ways to achieve the objective of the conference. Speakers include the Rev. Dr. Jovili Meo a former academic of the University of Melbourne, Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka, Fiji’s former land force commander and Professor Stephanie Lewis of the Institute of Political and International Relations at Macquarie University.

The Conference will also decide on a new national constitution and a 2010 budget before electing a national president, secretary and treasurer. A program for the day’s event is attached for your information.

On Sunday the 6th of December, the Movement is organising a protest march through Sydney and a rally at Hyde Park. Those who are concern about the dictatorship rule in Fiji are asked to assemble in front of Town Hall at 1.30pm before marching to Hyde Park at 2.30 pm to rally there for an hour.

FDFM Secretariat

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2009 8:34 PM

    Way to go Australoa, Your brothers in the USA will be doing the same in Santa Rosa CA on the same date.Let us Rid Fiji of this illegal reprehensible regime.

  2. December 8, 2009 1:30 AM

    Our thoughts are with you our Australoan counterparts. We will prevail in the end and the cvoupsters will all go to prison when all this is said and done. God bless you guys.

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