TERROR attack on Westminster Parliament: 30 years ago a group of native Fijian jihadists, led by their extreme racist "mullahs" - Rabuka and Kubuabola - launched their attack on Fiji Paliament in 1987; today, one of them, Rabuka, is delegated by Sodelpa, to lead them into Parliament; another future coupist who was guarding those locked up in the Suva Police Station cells for opposing the Rabuka coup was a young naval officer by the name of Frank Bainimarama
23/3/2017 06:05:32 pm
Will Banimarama and khaiyum condem the British national muslim terrorist Khalid Masood for killing the innocents.
23/3/2017 07:46:52 pm
Crime - of the coup kind - pays in Fiji. Do a coup and become prime minister. Rabuka did it. Then Bainimarama went on to do it. And their lieutenants all get catapulted into respectable high positions as ministers, ambassadors, chief of police and military etc with the opportunity to amass considerable wealth.
24/3/2017 08:08:25 am
U must be dreaming if u continue to believe that Rabuka's and Bainimarama's coups were from within. The Bavadra Govt were going to ban nuclear powered warships (ie the US and Britain) from entering Fiji waters. Therefore, the Bavadradra Govt was removed by the military with the full pre knowledge of Britain who created the Fiji military in the first place. In the same vein, the Qarase govt's qoliqoli bill threatened western commercial interests with huge investments in Fiji tourism. The decision to effect a coup against Qarase was made at Dick Smith's resort at Makololailai by Smith, Bainimarama and Nailatikau according to a Time Magazine.story published soon after the Bainimarama coup. Rabuka's and Bainimarama were and still remain puppets of western mainly British interests. Race and religion were and will always be used as an excuse. The British used it effectively such as in the sepoy rebellion to rule India and in other parts of its empire. Victor is doing s first class job promoting the bogey of race on behalf of his British sponsors
24/3/2017 08:55:02 am
29/3/2017 02:50:51 am
You seem defensive Victor...please we need an open mind for these pages to continue to be the number one source for discussions on our political life here in Fiji. The use of the non-nuclear position to defend the 1987 Coup is heresay. The Coup happened after Rabuka asked a certain high chief now long gone as to what was happening to the Fijian i taukei as a race and the reply was that "You should take this Constitution (1970) and throw it out the window - Can you do it?" and the reply was history. As to the Malololailai meeting the talk was that Bai got the money from there for the Coup. Figures banded ranged from 2 million to 10 million over the hotels fear of the Qliqoli Bill. Look how fast it took to have the Surfing Decree and its controversial provisions which if tested against the 2013 Constitution could be thrown out after the ropes at Tavarua were cut? But the main fear for Bai at the Camp is the fact that the Police are closing in and Naboro was looming closer everyday. I praise Professor Narsey for keeping the flame alive,
24/3/2017 09:18:10 am
Gulong, are you absolving the local actors in our coups from any personal responsibility for their part in the rape of democracy?
24/3/2017 10:53:56 am
I can't for the life of me understand why Rabuka and Chaudhry are still desperately clinging on to the helm of leadership when they both have "unclean hands". It's clear that they lack the humility to step down and take on an advisory role instead - somewhere in background. Fiji does not need either of them to have a change in government in the coming elections and voters have yet another chance of a lifetime, to get things moving in the right direction by consigning treasonists and abettors in the dustbin of his-tory.
24/3/2017 11:25:14 am
If Rabuka and all his mfucking supporters were given death sentences in 87, 2000 and 2006 won't have taken place. The wicked is rearing its ugly head again. Let's make sure that coup daddy's and sons doesn't taste success in 2018. Let vote for NFP or Hope and say "NO" to coups in Fiji.
24/3/2017 04:18:42 pm
In 2000 and 2001 the anger that suffused and overwhelmed one was pervasive. So much so, that letters were penned to the then A-G asking for the death penalty to be utilised on a specific small list of known perpetrators. However, the difficulty is that apart from ignorance at that time of the illegality in International and EU Law of application of the Death Penalty, it has since become more than apparent that accountability is to be applied in a wider and increasingly coherent manner. Viz the London and now UK-wide investigation. Hourly its scope deepens and embraces a chronological ambit scarcely dreamed of yesterday. The range of culpability is far wider than that comprehended yesterday. Fiji is no different. Unexceptional in this regard. Keep Carrying On!
24/3/2017 06:59:28 pm
24/3/2017 07:52:37 pm
The short answer to yr statement Chiku is the evidence for a wider geopolitical causality to unlawful regime change in Fiji lies in the Times Magazine article published soon after Bainimarama's coup that relates to the Malololailai Resort meeting between Nalatikau, Bainimarama and Resort owner, Dick Smith. it is simplistic to beat the drum ad infinitude as Victor Lal continues to do that the 1987 coup occured because the coupists were rabid racists just as it is simplistic to argue the Bainimarama line that his coup was all about ending corruption. There were other motives, race was used as an excuse
24/3/2017 11:00:05 pm
Can we please aspire to the greater things in life, for once in our sorry lives? The death penalty for treason was rightly commuted to life imprisonment long time ago - thank goodness for human rights. It's never our call to take someone's life no matter how heinous the crime.
27/3/2017 12:48:59 pm
Should've read "enlightened", my bad.
25/3/2017 02:04:05 am
Victor you sonalevu. Fijileaks is all about you and you ego and desperate need to be relevant you bloody attention seeker. You still stuck in a time warp 1987. Totally out of touch in London. Fiji has moved on from 1987 coup you boci. You still nurturing hurt ego and trying to get revenge. Stop poking you nose in Fiji. Just enjoy your life in London. We not interested in your flawed and outdated analysis. You have not been in country for too long. You have no idea.
29/3/2017 08:13:24 pm
Since you cowardly have been posting comments using fake email addresses, you represent nothing but a Whooper. .
26/3/2017 06:06:31 am
I think Fiji leak leaders should abandon Rabuka coup etc. That's history and Rabuka has apologised many times there done. Focus on getting rid of kattu baikum
26/3/2017 08:58:42 am
27/3/2017 12:57:32 pm
@Self-ass scratcher, if you don't like what Victor is publishing on this site, take your self to where you get satisfaction. Why the fuck you want to follow this site and comment? Victor didn't beg you to read what he put up so get your ugly ass off this blog and go blow rabukas trumpet if that is what gives you satisfaction. There is no place for coup sympathisers in this blog. Fock off skunk.
27/3/2017 10:30:49 pm
Gulong, I agree with you. There were indeed " other motives" for the Bainimarama coup ( and the other coups before it ) and " race was used as an excuse ". But whatever the excuse the coupists used they must be held accountable and in the course of that accountability all others complicit in plotting the coup must face justice. That's my point.
28/3/2017 11:31:07 am
Pay patient attention to a 97yr old Harvard Law School-trained lawyer in a BBC Hardtalk Interview conducted by Zeinab Badawi. Ben Ferencz was in the US military at Omaha Beach. He was later in Germany at the end of WW2 aged only 27 years old as a Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. He had entered Buchenwald Concentration Camp and visited others and he explicitly describes what he saw. Not one of us living today should close our ears or our minds to what he says concerning the capacity for evil through collusion in war crimes leading to mass murder. We all have the potential for such evil-doing in a climate of war and oppression through fear. He lists the main grounds of such fear: Race/poor and limited education/the threat of withdrawal of benefit or preferment or perceived entitlement. He describes how those who were to be prosecuted were selected and how they met their end in the necessity to provide the Allies and the millions of dead with a measure of Justice and remedy against future atrocities. Would he do this again? He undoubtedly would. Executions were sought and deployed. But not in the case of many. Another tale for another day.
28/3/2017 02:51:37 pm
"Dead under Threat" reads headline in FT about erosion of cemetery at Lomolomo, nr Sabeto. Many cemeteries are now threatened it must be supposed in this way. But in 2000 and 2006 cemeteries were under threat because access was impeded. At Tavakubu , Lautoka there was no safe access for months on end. Surely, access to grave sites is a basic Human Right? There should be legislation ensuring safe and secure access to a family gravesite during daylight hours. Impeding access should be a criminal and prosecutable Offence. Desecration of a grave similarly is a distressing and serious undermining of the human rights of surviving family members. Sites have been pillaged in past coups d'état without redress or assurance that this will end. Whether environmental or by human or animal agency, the degradation of graves in Fiji must be prevented.
28/3/2017 11:06:51 pm
Totally agree with you Welcome Home. The disrespect for the dead by blocking access to surviving family members and worse, stealing from burial sites is simply outrageous. I know the previous Penal Code contained a specific offence of trespassing on burial places but I can't seem to find anything specific relating to this in the Crimes Decree 2009, although there could very well be a general provision which such weird behaviour could be prosecuted under.
28/3/2017 10:28:35 pm
Sharing this excellent interview of an inspirational, much-loved and trail-blazing daughter of Fiji. Here, she reflects upon the challenges of her work in one of the most difficult intersections of gender, law and property rights/access:
29/3/2017 12:34:57 pm
30/3/2017 04:22:01 am
I only just realised the omission in the Crimes Decree 2009 when I quickly looked it up having read your earlier post. However, upon a closer look, the relevant provisions of the old Penal Code were specific to conduct intended to insult religion, of which 'trespass to burial sites' was an offence. I'm not sure why there's no similar provision in the present Crimes Decree - only the junta and their advisors would know given the manner in which these laws came into effect following the coup.
30/3/2017 02:40:02 pm
Ha! So the convent figured greatly in both our respective pasts. At Tavakubu as in Suva, the dead were relegated to plots reserved by the authorities for specific religions and subsets of religion. Catholics were in the swamp but Methodists on the hill. There was a military checkpoint in 2000 unofficially named The Igloo not far from Natabua turn-off but landowners were still allowed the questionable liberty of blockading access to Tavakubu cemetery and no one chose to stand in their way. A minor consideration in the overall scheme of events. Odd how such details come back to haunt us seventeen years on?
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