Saturday, June 23, 2007

Blog calls for attacks on tourists in Fiji

Blog calls for attacks on tourists in Fiji - By MICHAEL FIELD - Fairfax Media | Friday, 22 June 2007

A Fiji internet blog has called for attacks on tourists and has provided recipes for making Molotov cocktails and bombs.

Fiji's military, which staged a coup in December, has been trying to close down blogs but one of the oldest, Why Fiji's Crying (WFC), has survived and in its latest set of postings calls for guerrilla war.

Following the expulsion of New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green last week, WFC has published an appeal to Fijians to destabilise the country by striking at weak points.

"Tourists are still coming to Fiji, think of how you can stop that," the site says.

"What assets can you focus on within the tourist industry that will send the message back to their home countries that Fiji is not a safe destination at the moment? Tourist tour busses? Tourist bures?"

It also publishes details on making Molotov cocktails while a separate blog site provides an explicit recipe for making plastic explosives.

Fiji military head and self-appointed Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Blogs have been a problem for the military, and the Fintel telecommunications company, which is partly government-owned, has been used to try to block internet access to them.

Most of them operate from blog sites out of the country, but the information they carry suggests insiders in the Fiji Government play a part in them.

Military Land Force head Colonel Pita Driti has led a bid to seize bloggers.

"When we catch up with these bloggers, we will take them to our military quarters and explain to them how their remarks constitute a threat to the country," he said.

Security sources in Australia and New Zealand have been warning of mounting tension in Fiji and when Green returned to Auckland this week he would not comment on whether violence lay ahead.

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