Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Coward Vandals Retreat as Cowards Do, Where is the Military in all this?

Military silent on vandals

http://www.fijitimes.com/ -Tuesday, March 24, 2009

THE Fiji Military Forces have remained silent on attacks against Global Risks Services chief executive Lt Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce and Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Netani Rika early Sunday morning.
Military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni's mobile phone was switched off yesterday and comments could not be obtained from him on the issue.
When the Fiji Times called him on Sunday on numerous occasions reporters were given the run-around by officers who were receiving the calls.
A call was made after 11am and the Fiji Times was told it was the wrong number.
In another attempt at 2pm, the person who answered the call said it was the wrong number and gave another number to call Mr Leweni.
When the Fiji Times called the given number, the person who answered the phone did not sound like Mr Leweni but said he was busy at a church service and to call later.
Numerous calls made to the same number after 4pm remained unanswered.



SDL tells of patterns to attacks
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SOQOSOQO Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party leader Laisenia Qarase said there was a pattern emerging of properties being targeted.
He said they appeared to be the property of those who oppose the interim Government.
He said there have been a number of similar incidents in the past.
"There is a pattern emerging targeting properties of those who appear to oppose the Government and this a matter of concern to SDL and the people of Fiji," Mr Qarase said.
"To make things worse, police investigations arrive at nothing and we wonder if any investigations are being done at all."
Mr Qarase said this was a shameful performance of the police force.
"These attackers are cowards and spineless people who take the law into their own hands. I call on the police commissioner to accelerate the investigations in all these incidents," he said.
Mr Qarase said if they failed in their investigations it would send the wrong message to the people of Fiji and the international community that people could take the law into their own hands and get away with it.
Police spokesman Corporal Suliano Tevita said the investigation was normal.
"Normal investigations will be carried out," he said. "These are two isolated incidents and not something that happens everyday."
Cpl Tevita said the CID was handling the investigations.
Meanwhile, the use of petrol bombs gives the recent attacks a political dimension and must be condemned, says Fiji Labour Party acting general secretary Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi.
After labelling as unfair the Fiji Times editorial yesterday which criticised the party for its "deafening silence", Mr Vayeshnoi condemned the attacks on the home of Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Netani Rika and Global Risks chief executive Sakiusa Raivoce, and pointed out "violence and intimidation tactics are not the answer".



Beddoes mulls bullying motives
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A cowardly orchestrated attempt by elements to intimidate and provoke a reaction from pro-democracy advocates justifies the reimposition of emergency rule and further delay the dialogue and with it elections, says the ousted opposition leader Mick Beddoes.
"What other possible motive is there? They were not after money or any valuables, they wanted to deliver a message, as they have done previously," he said.
Mr Beddoes said these attempts were clearly to do "harm" and the country was now seeing intimidation and threats moving to another level.
He said the people of Fiji must never allow these "dysfunctional" elements the freedom to intimidate and attack them at will because of the lack of interest by the authorities.
Mr Beddoes called on interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Home Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau and Police Commissioner Esala Teleni to condemn the attacks and do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Anything less than this will be seen as encouraging these acts of violence against innocent citizens," Mr Beddoes said.

Act like a Commissioner not a Preacher Teleni says Beddoes
www.fijivillage.com - 24/03/2009
He should act like a Commissioner and not a Preacher.These are the sentiments of Former Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes on Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni's recent preaching at a crusade in Valelevu. Beddoes said if the Police Commissioner wants to be a preacher, then he should hang up his uniform and go and preach.Beddoes added if not then Teleni should start acting and behaving like a Commissioner and should go out and catch the law breakers and early morning pro-democracy attackers because that is what the taxpayers of Fiji are paying him to do.



Thugs target Zinck again
By SAMUELA LOANAKADAVUTuesday, March 24, 2009


Damage assessment ... unionist and ex-MP Kenneth Zinck inspects the damage to his vehicle in central Suva yesterday.

A MONTH after unionist and former parliamentarian Kenneth Zinck paid $8000 for damage caused to his car by vandals, he was at it again.
But this time he was a victim of a daylight robbery in the middle of Suva City, just metres from the Central Police Station.
Mr Zinck told the Fiji Times yesterday his car was parked in front of Sogo (opposite McDonald's) while he was attending a union meeting when thieves smashed the left-rear window and took a friend's bag and personal belongings.
"The incident happened between 1.30pm and 3.30pm today (yesterday) in broad daylight - in the middle of the city," he said.
"I hope it's not just another case of vandalism as was the case a month ago when my home and car were stoned.
"This one is different because they took a bag from the car. The intention I suppose must have been just to get the bag."
The former Cabinet minister in the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua-led government that was overthrown by the military in 2006 said the family continued to live in fear since the first incident.
"I just hope that one day it stops. Police patrols should also be stepped up because the situation is not getting any better now," he said.
The cost of damage has been estimated at $1000.
The police are investigating.

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