April 25, 2007

We hear you!

Many of us bloggers are united on the 1st May PROTEST. We take a moment to be explicitly clear that it this is a call for you to protest the illegalities of this junta based on your individual choice and your individual free will. Two things that are sorely missing from their reign.

If you feel for what and where this country is heading then make your stand. It's as simple as that.

We are not calling for a strike. We have no legal mandate to call for a strike and there are a myriad of processes that are required before a strike can take place.

In addition this is not a call made by FijianBlack but by most of the pro-democracy bloggers. Take a quick tour to confirm this for yourselves.

However Mr Leweni launched a witch-hunt on for the blogger FijianBlack. And in true "foot in mouth" fashion he has shown the UN team the extent of what this junta will do to curb any opposition.

At the same time we express our concerns about the naughty reporting by Fiji Live wrongly advising protestors to wear black. No where on the blogs are we suggesting that. Why would we advocate that a peaceful protest intentionally single people out for easy visible pickings by the Junta?

Now Mr Leweni see's the error of his ways in an afternoon statement and throws the gauntlet down. It's up to you the People of Fiji to prove them right or wrong.

Anyway here's our Media Statement in response to that:

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Media Release

Suva, Fiji Islands, April 25th, 2007.

FIJIAN BLACK is the blognym for the blogsite Good Men (and Women) Doing Something (goodmenandwomendoingsomething.blogspot.com) and is calling on the public of Fiji to passively resist the interim regime, by staying home on Tuesday, 1st of May, 2007.

FijianBlack is calling on all sons and daughters of Fiji, to stay home, as a sign of opposition to this regime and rejects the terror tactics being openly touted by Neumi Leweni’s statement on Fiji Village.

"The coup culture is alive in Fiji, because we have not done anything about it" he says. "We need to be more pro-active in defending our democracy, our rights and the future of Fiji. If we don't, this is a forlorn legacy we are bequeathing to our children"

Intelligentsiya (intelligentsiya.blogspot.com) who is also a member of the Fiji Freedom Bloggers movement is also calling on the military, the Interim Government and the other arms of Government to focus on the more important issues, like the restoration of democracy, the investigation of the numerous Human Rights abuses, and the removal of the military from all levels of Government.

"The military, which was once a proud institution, loved in Fiji and respected around the world has in the past few months completely and utterly morphed into a dictatorial, ruthless regime, that is not motivated by a patriotic love of our country, but by greed, the self-serving interests of a few, fear and insecurity. It is a sad state of affairs when the army of a nation needs its guns to protect itself against it's own citizens. It is a sorry sight to see the once proud green uniforms that have brought glory to Fiji, causing fear, resentment and concern amongst the people of this nation” said Intelligentsiya.

"The military has usurped power, it has assumed mantles of various institutions that it was and never will be, suited to exercise. It has taken a situation that was none of their concern, the state of our economy, and has made it infinitely worse."

Fijian Black calls on the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, and the Interim Regime, to respect Human Rights, the will of the people, and the opinions of the citizens of Fiji.

"If the military had not intervened, we would have the $350 million in aid and our sugar reforms would have been under way. The Tourism industry would be booming, the job losses in the hotels would not have happened, the visitors would be flocking to our shores. We would not have a negative GDP, and an economy that seriously needs an infusion of aid. We would have new hotels opening this year, happier landowners, more exports, higher levels of foreign reserves and a nation on its way up in the world.

Mrs. Verebasaga would still have her husband, and the father of their children, and their breadwinner.

Sakiusa Rabaka would be studying, aiming for a job in the very industry that the travel advisories, based on the actions of this regime, have decimated.

We would still be abiding by the 1997 Constitution, in word and deed.

Now our nation is in shambles. At the time the investigative powers of our Forces should be pursuing the murderers of Messers Verebasaga and Rabaka, they are more concerned about stemming any opposition to their cause.”

The Fiji Freedom bloggers movement is in itself tangible evidence that the right to freedom of expression has been unjustly curbed under the insidious guise of the Emergency Regulations.

Fijian Black said “Fiji Live has also reported our call wrongly. We are not calling on people to wear black as that would only cause them to be singled out by this junta but just to protest peacefully by staying at home”.

ENDS

Contact: fijianblack@gmail.com; mawdsomething@gmail.com; intelligentsiya@gmail.com

4 comments:

News Fiji said...

Go, Go, Go!

Thanks for the updates and all that you're doing to get our beloved Fiji back on track!

Together we're going to make it happen!

God Bless You and God Bless Fiji

Anonymous said...

Thankyou and God Bless everyone of Fiji....evan Frank and his band of small mind word muddling twits come on people I'm doing the 'all creatures great and small thang!
Perhaps lets not be so obivous in wearing black, WE do the black hair band, black hankis in the pockets etc etc, keep an eye out- you'll see us and you'll KNOW what I mean, there is more 'Black wearing' goping on than anyone thinks.

Ex Isle said...

Thank you intelligentsiya for getting to grips with our situation in this most effective way. Looking forward to the May 1st demonstration - I will be with the resistance to the junta in mind if not in body.....

Anonymous said...

Its 1st May and everybody's at work, common sense does prevail at the end. Thanks to the working public that they did not respond to a opportunist call by Fijian Black.