Fiji looks grim

February 29th, 2008 at 9:21 am by David Farrar

The NZ Herald editorial on is grim reading:

The Fiji Sun had run a series of articles accusing Fiji’s Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, of tax evasion. The junta’s response was a blatant act of intimidation against a newspaper trying to do its job. It made a mockery of Commodore Bainimarama’s assurances that his Administration would uphold freedom …

┬áThe attempt to tighten control does not stop there. This month, Commodore Bainimarama appointed himself head of the Great Council of Chiefs. This powerful group has sometimes been the voice of reason as Fiji stumbled through a succession of military coups. It can serve that role no longer. In addition, Police Commissioner Esala Teleni has warned Fijians not to speak out against the Administration. All this points to a determination to stifle debate, rather than a broadening of the regime’s tolerance to a wide range of viewpoints, the necessary precursor if a return to democracy is seriously contemplated.

Increasingly, it appears that any concessions Commodore Bainimarama makes are merely a response to aid-related ultimatums, especially from the European Union. There is nothing to suggest that he is genuinely intent on creating a united Fiji or that he is benignly shepherding it back to democracy.

The Commodore I suspect will never give up power.

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11 Responses to “Fiji looks grim”

  1. Right of way is Way of Right (1,125 comments) says:

    Yes, the Commodore will Holden to power indefinitely.

    (and the negative Karma will flow like wine, I am sure!)

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  2. infused (616 comments) says:

    I think we all knew that.

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  3. paulhelen (99 comments) says:

    David, it seems to me the MSM are not doing much about the Hawkes Bay DHB story. Nothing on close up or TV3 last two nights. This is potentially a HUGE story, Cunliffe is trying to shut everyone down, why? Hauseman leeked elements of the review to Cunliffe in his submission on the threat to sack the board when Cunliffe says he did not read the review and then the Government goes to court to stop Dom Post publishing a leaked copy of the review. Has anyone considered that Cunliffe’s threat to sack the board coincided with the DHB going to court to seek more time to answer the review and when the high court agreed to hear it he stepped in to sack the board, thus the court will not now hear that and the board have been silenced.

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  4. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    What nonsense. GCC the “voice of reason”?!!!! What planet is the Herald editor living on?

    Bainimarama has already set out a timeframe and he is sticking to it. He is determined to break the power of the oligarchs and the racists over Fiji. If he has to crack some eggs to make that omlette, I can’t say I am too bothered.

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  5. Bok (740 comments) says:

    David
    Get off your arse and go to Fiji. More than 80% of Fijians believes what is happening is right.

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  6. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Fiji New Zealand Both governed by despots who indulge in cronyism the old boy and girl( in the case of NZ) network.

    Two small insignificant countries at the bottom of the world and at the bottom of good governance tables

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  7. IdiotSavant (88 comments) says:

    I’m waiting for someone to pick up on the Fiji human Rights Commission’s report on “media freedom and independence in Fiji”, which suggests an active policy of preventing foreigners from working in the Fijian media, driven by fears of Australian / NZ invasion.

    yes, seriously. These people are whack.

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  8. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    Oh poo. Oh well, at least this makes things a bit more cut-and-dried. It would be more frustrating if the Commodore actually put Fiji back on its feet, wouldn’t it? Where would that leave other corrupt, buy-the-votes Leftwing governments?

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  9. BlairM (2,266 comments) says:

    History will look kindly on Bainimarama. When Fiji is a democracy for the first time since 1987, and they have a non-discriminatory constitution, and they have free elections and a free press, nobody will give a shit about what foreigner the Commodore kicked out a few years before.

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  10. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Bok is it your contention that 80% of fijian believe that the suspension of free speech, the summary arrest of political opponents, the assult of people who look at the military the wrong way and the deportation of anyone Bananarama doesn’t like is “right”?

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  11. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    I hope you’re right, Blair M. But it really, really matters, when the Leftists control journalism and the universities, if the government that was removed was a democratically elected utterly corrupt Socialist one. Look at “history” where Chile and Cuba are concerned. Saint Castro removed the tyrant Battista. Cuba: 1) improved
    2) deteriorated
    3) bottom-lined
    (tick one)

    The tyrant Pinochet removed Saint Allende. Chile: 1) deteriorated
    2) improved
    3) is South America’s success story
    (tick one)

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