March 04, 2011

RNZI: Fiji beatings a sign of regime’s fear of revolt, says academic

Posted at 07:27 on 03 March, 2011 UTC

An Australian-based Fiji academic says an intensification of military abuses in Fiji has been sparked by fears the revolutionary spirit in the Middle East could spread.

Amnesty International is reporting that at least 10 politicians, trade unionists, government critics and others have been arrested and beaten in the last two weeks.

A group of youths is also reported to have been detained and physically and mentally abused by the military last weekend.

Australian National University Professor Brij Lal says the Fiji authorities are concerned about a proposed demonstration in Suva tomorrow.

But he says the crackdown has also been prompted by the unrest in the Middle East

    “Where simple human spirit, when will power was able to triumph over all the tanks and the guns and people of Fiji do watch these programmes and are in communication with their friends outside. So there is this fear that something untoward as far as the military is concerned might happen and they’re taking preemptive action to come down on critics.”

Brij Lal says detentions and abuses have been going on for a while but people are too afraid to report them.


Anonymous said...

This is nothing less than a lie, Fiji has been good so far and we living in Fiji knows that lLaw and Order is in place and are enforced by the Fiji Police. There is nothing as such happening here and we are now see the light at the end of the tunnel finally. Previous government has been promising alot of things and did just at least one during their term whereas the current Government has done alot in just few years. I will recommend that this government continue for another 5 years as we can see alot of improvement.

Bati said...

Anonymous is a rat just like bainimarama and a mister yes man. why doesn't the police investigate the beatings of the youths and Sam Speight? What is your say on that? you will all drwon in a sea of burning fire.