Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rewa High Chief's People Uprising Predicted

Some Fiji based commentators our sources spoke to today have predicted civil unrest in the greater part of Capital Suva, which is within the traditional territory of the imprisoned paramount lady chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa. They say Suva City is undoubtedly the target area for those who will retaliate towards the detaining of their high chief. Reports this afternoon reveal that despite the peaceful and prayerful nature of Ro Teimumu Kepa’s response to her uncivilized detention, people must not rule out certain confrontational destructive elements whose patience may have been stretched beyond its elasticity after learning of their chief’s unceremonious jailing. We can also report that certain Embassies and High Commissions in Suva have issued alert warnings to their staff in the event that unexpected things happen in the middle of the night.
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Methodist leader sees big trouble looming in Fiji
July 22, 2009
The head of the Fijian Methodist Church in New Zealand, the Reverend Ilaitia Tuwere, says the latest detentions have brought into conflict the three pillars of Fiji Society – church, land and state. Last night, the Paramount Chief of Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, was taken into custody by police, following the detention of eight Methodist Church leaders in the last few days. It is understood the her arrest follows a letter she wrote to her people, saying Rewa province will host the Methodist Church conference next month, despite its cancellation by the interim government. The Reverend Tuwere says the interim government is intimidating the other two pillars of Fiji Society, which will be of great significance to the people.
“Naturally, they will be upset first because we are talking about not only a high chief but a woman, a woman in a difficult situation, a woman taken in the middle of the night to be questioned..this is just very unfair and very unkind to say the least. Not only a woman but a high-ranking chief, a high-ranking chief who oversees a great part of Fiji.” Reverend Tuwere says it’s a very sad day for Fiji. The president of the ousted SDL party, Peceli Kinivuwai was also taken into custody by police this morning but has since been released.
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Ro Teimumu is in fine health and did not suffer a heart attack as reported in Australia and New Zealand. The high chief of Rewa has asked to let the network of Valelevu know that she is in fine health. It broke my heart when I was told that the people of Dreketi tikina are at the Central Police Station desperately wanting to catch a glimpse of the lady. They just want to see she is physically OK. They do not know she is detained at the CID HQ for questioning. If the high chief of Rewa spends another night in the cell please can you all meet at the CID HQ in Toorak where she is detained to pray and keep a vigil over her. All that is required is to stand or sit outside the building in silent prayer. It will be as peaceful as they come and something we can all do in return for her fasting and spending the time in a cell. Ro Teimumu is being detained for her principled stand on all of our behalf and for her people of Rewa so she should not have to shoulder this atrocity alone. Ro Teimumu supporter
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There are revelations this afternoon that some Fiji Womens’ groups will be organizing peaceful vigils to protest the cowardly imprisonment of one of them, paramount chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa.
Vigils are expected to take place at certain churches in Fiji. One such event is expected to take place at the Suva Anglican Church, a popular spot where Fiji women often meet to pray over the nation Fiji and their fellow country men, women and children,
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Frank and Co. recent attempts to silence the masses by trying to scare them by detaining their Church and Village leaders, may very well be the thing that needed to be done to galvanise the Indigenous Fijian Community into one voice, fighting for one purpose, the return of a Democratically elected Government and the arrest of all those involved in this and past coups.The very thing Frank has tried to avoid, he, once again, has inevitably steered toward !
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By Professor Wadan Narsey
Day by day, this Military Government and the Military Police (that is what they have to be now called), take this country deeper and deeper into an evil “police state”.

At midnight, a whole group of police officers woke up Ro Temumu Kepa to take her to the Police Station. Was she a dangerous criminal about to commit a crime at mid-night? Caught in the act? So dangerous as to require several police officers? No. She is just an elderly woman, insisting on her basic human right to host an annual meeting of the Methodist Church of Fiji; the basic human right for all their Church members to participate at the meeting; their basic human right to discuss whatever issues affect their lives- economic, social or political. Who are the military to decide otherwise?

How demoralizing for professional police officers to blindly following this Military Government’s immoral orders, and treat this senior lady, Roko Tui Dreketi, like a common dangerous criminal. They could have called on her in the morning. She was not running away from anyone. But no, the police had to mount a raid at midnight. Which evil person made that decision? Notice that the media have been stopped from reporting on these immoral arrests and detentions.

Quite clearly, this military government and police have totally lost their way. Shame on them.

Shame on the Military Council and all the military-appointed Ministers who are going along with this evil immoral treasonous Military Government of Frank Bainimarama. Shame on all those citizens and non-citizens who have taken appointments from this illegal Military Government and continue to do so. Shame on all those coup supporters (all those in the NCBBF, CCF etc) who are now totally silent in the face of this onslaught on our people’s civil rights, while some make tiny bleating noises here and there, having helped to create this military monster over the last two and a half years.

Shame on all those businessmen who support Bainimarama and his immoral actions. The blog-sites need to boldly name all of these coup supporters with pictures so that the ordinary public can identify them.

It is time that the rest of Fiji stops tolerating and associating with all these evil people who are destroying our country. When are we going to draw the line? t is time for the ordinary decent folk to speak up, using their names. Do it on the blog-sites if the newspapers and TV won’t give you space. As was said once before, if you do not speak up when others are taken away, “one day the evil ones will come for you, and there will be nobody left to speak for you”.
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There are reports that Ro Teimumu Kepa’s open letter to her people in Rewa has been translated and distributed widely in Fiji by some cell groups. Sources say that there seem to be some kind of “Fijian heralding” going on summoning indigenous Fijian people to show their support for the high chief and the clerics. How and when is not clear. It is also said that certain vigils will be taking place soon in organised venues.
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Fiji’s military regime has again arrested and detained key leaders of Fiji’s Methodist Church. It’s believed they are being questioned in relation to the upcoming Methodist Church Conference planned for late August. Among those arrested was former President of the Fiji Methodist Church, Reverend Manasa Lasaro; General Secretary, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, the Secretary for Pastoral Ministry, Tomasi Kanailagi and the Church’s Finance Secretary Viliame Gonelevu. The Chief of Rewa, Rotemumu Kepa, who was to host the conference, has also been arrested and detained. Observers say at least three military vehicles turned up at their respective residences last night and picked them up. Reverend Waqairatu was also among five Methodist Church leaders and another five lay people, who were taken in for questioning by the military regime yesterday. The interim government authorities are not talking about their action, but Reverend Waqairatu had earlier said that it was in relation to conference. The Church is planning to go ahead with the conference regardless of the interim government’s stand. ‘Not mistreated’ Earlier, Reverend Waqairatu said he and the other church ministers were not mistreated by the police during their first detention. “Actually they were members of the Methodist Church and they were concerned about their responsibility,” he said. “We know that there was a little bit of worry that they showed in their facial expressions because they are taking the men of God. And we told them ‘Don’t you worry, just do your responsibility and we will do ours’. And we ended up, afternoon tea, and then a word of prayer.”
- Radio Australia
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The police in Fiji are refusing to confirm reports of more detentions by police and the military.
The SDL Party, which was ousted in the 2006 coup, says the military has this morning taken in its general-secretary, Peceli Kinivuwai. It has also been confirmed that the Reverend Manasa Lasaro was one of the Methodist leaders who was taken into custody last night. That comes after police earlier confirmed that seven Methodists were being held for questioning. Police spokesperson Ema Mua has refused to confirm the detentions. But she says the police are investigating allegations that the Methodist Church has not complied with the public emergency regulations in applying for a permit for its annual conference.
“We will not entertain organisations or parties for that matter that are conducting meetings which we believe could have issues that could instigate incitement perhaps, or civil unrest. We would just like to reiterate to the public at this stage, please comply with the PER.” Fiji police spokesperson, Ema Mua The Paramount chief of the Fiji province of Rewa, Ro Teimumu Kepa, was also taken into police custody early this morning.
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Everyone has a vi mataki and they do not need to be organised. They know the “door” – na nodra katuba me ra gole kina. All you needed was direction and you now have it. TAKE SOME FOOD, A MAT TO SLEEP ON AND YOUR HYMN BOOK TO SING AS LOUDLY AS YOU CAN TO THE LORD ALMIGHTY FOR THE RETURN OF YOUR COURAGEOUS HIGH CHIEF. THANK YOU TO RO TEIMUMUS SUPPORTER FOR A GREAT IDEA! We have sent our Rewan relatives money to help them get to Lomanikoro to await the return of their chief. What a great relief for us that for once something can be done and the “Sotia Bullies” can not arrest anyone for breaking their rules. Fiji4All.
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I please urge the people of Fiji and all Rewans to travel to Lomanikoro to await Ro Teimumu’s return. You will not be breaking any laws, take some food, a mat to sleep on and your hymn books and sing as loudly as you can for her return. Find someone that knows the traditional protocol on how to enter Lomanikoro and please organise it. Otherwise Flood the CID HQ in Toorak and sing – no protocol required!
- Ro Teimumu’s supporter
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Burebasanga confederacy paramount chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa, is reportedly on a hunger strike while being detained by Fiji’s dictator Frank Bainimarama & Co. Sources say the lady has refused to accept food presented to her by the Fiji police but instead has engrossed herself in a spiritual quiet time of prayer and fasting.
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Read this Frank!
July 22, 2009
A short personal message for our dictator.
Hey Frank, we know you keep up with the freedom blogs so you’ll be across the posting by Peter Firkin (see prior posting) about one of your mates going behind your back to contact the Auckland office of law firm, Minter Ellison, for legal advice. We know two things about this:
First, we know who it was who engaged Minter Ellison to give an opinion on such matters as the RFMF’s liability and any grounds on which people such as yourself could reasonably expect to base a case for freedom from prosecution. Second, we know that you would be very interested to find out the identity of the person who made contact with Minter Ellison. Well Frank, here’s the deal: Email us (the address is on the front page of our site) stating that you accept freedom blogs such as ourselves, RFN, Discombobulated, Luvei Viti, intelligentsiya etc. as legitimate parties, along with everyone else in the nation, to the process of charting a future for our beloved Fiji.
In return we’ll reveal the full details of the man whose identity you are longing to find out.
What could be fairer than that?
Fiji Democracy Now
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By Peter Firkin
I have recieved an email from Auckland with the information below.
Someone has asked for assistance from Minter Ellison, a law firm in Auckland New Zealand specializing in International law. The questions posed to Minter Ellison were:
- What steps must be taken by the current Fiji Administration to ensure that no prosecutions, either domestically or in International Courts, could be made after a democratic election?
- What legal redress can be taken against the RFMF for actions or inaction since the 2006 coup and how can such actions be defended against?
-Specifically the accountability of senior officers for following orders and the legality of the orders at various times is to be defined.
The account has been opened by an anonymous person or persons and has been initially paid for by a $5000 bank cheque drawn on Westpac’s Viaduct Harbour Branch in Central Auckland.

Does this mean that someone in the RFMF is planning the way out?
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We ‘re told that Fiji Military Forces Landforce Commander, Pita Driti, pictured above, is also busy promoting his own version of a crusade. Like his buddy, Police Commish Teleni, music is very much part of the attraction to woe people into his crusade hype. Teleni said his crusade is all about harvesting souls, and so is Pita Driti’s musical evangelical crusade - eventhough they’re not telling where exactly those souls will end up. But Driti’s holy communion is punchy and naughty. His church entertains alcohol and drunkedness while he strums his stuff to win peoples soul in a new watering hole called “Down Under” behind Golden Dragon nightclub in Suva. This is the same man who has warned the Methodist Church that whoever defies them by turning up to Rewa for their August annual meet to praise, worship and fundraise, will be dealt with. Instead, he is inviting them all to his sinful church in “Down Under” Surprised? Don’t be! Pita Driti is only displaying the fruit of the seed he sowed. Drunkedness, perversion, immorality, sinfulness and other nasty fruits are all that one can find in that Down Under pub serenaded by Driti. But don’t be angry with him! His guilt is driving him to insanity. He’s a lost soul who needs help from his own Methodist Church!
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Stay calm Fiji!
July 22, 2009
To all law-abiding citizens of Fiji!
I wrote in one of my earlier posting about the importance for Fiji to be driven by their principles rather than emotion. As justified, one might feel in their emotions about the travesty unfolding in the island nation of Fiji, we cannot resort to an armed revolution. Ro Teimumu has shown us how it is done. The battle lies in the spiritual.She has taken up fasting as she awaits in custody. She has a clear vision of what is to be achieved. Let us not be blinded by rage and calm our spirits. Just simply stand up and follow her example. Do not resort to armed revolts, rather arm yourself with courage, faith, and love and you will cause bewilderment amongst the regime. It would be like walking into the enemy’s camp without lifting a hand. No armed revolution has benefited a nation. Even if one party thinks they have won at the expense of their fellow citizens, sadly, they are the real losers for they have to live with that guilt in their conscience. Killing and suppressing others never creates a victor.
I have shared countless times of the importance of making our voices heard through acts of non-violence. History has proven that acts of non-violence against social injustice have always produced a more unifying spirit of love and forgiveness even in the face of violent suppression by regimes. This is a revolution of love and faith..these are fruits of a prayerful individual. If you consider yourself to be a man and woman of prayer…then you ought to be bearing these fruits.
The real battle lies in the spiritual; not in the physical.
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Ro Teimumu is currently being interviewed at CID HQ in Toorak. She was picked up from Lomanikoro at midnight last night in the middle of her sleep. They took her to Central Police Station and then transfered her to CID HQ in Toorak this morning. She is being interviewed by 3 CID Officers – they just doing their job. Voreqe and Teleni who gave the orders have no guts to face Ro Teimumu or the Talatalas. Sa dua nai tovo lolovira qai vakaloloma – me da tu vakarau na Kai Viti baleta sa voleka na gauna meda yavala kina me qai macala o ira na yavu kaisi ra veiliutaki tiko qo.Make no mistake – this is like Hitler’s and Stalin’s days. Midnight arrests and detention.Civil disobedience is the key – all march to Rewa for meeting and sit down all over Fiji and lockdown the nation. Rewa, Naitasiri and Namosi (dont trust the Tailevuns) will lock down the capital. No guns are needed as happened to the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Soviet Union and in Thailand. AWAIT THE WORD WHICH WILL COME AT THE ANNOINTED TIME (makataka rawa o koya mo koba). ITS NOW OR NEVER. Time of Report : 10am Fiji Time 22
July 2009
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Ro Teimumu has led by example by not resisting arrest..I wouuldnt be surprised if she instructed her people not to interfere with the police at the village site. Her calmness and peace of heart is already winning the officers who came to arrest her..they seem bewildered with the modest and calm responses they are receving from her and the Church Ministers! It is affecting them already. I learnt from a Marist Brother during my days in school that, “to respond in kindness and quiet demure to threats has the same effect of heaping hot coals on yr enemy’s heads”. Perhaps this is what the regime is beginning to experience…”the hot coal effect is taking effect”. Let us stand by a real leader who now has risen in our midst. She is the ‘David’ of today.
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The law
July 22, 2009
An interesting essay by the famous libertarian, Frederic Bastiat. His writings have inspired conservative lawmakers and politicians through the ages. It is interesting that his essay on the law written centuries ago in an entirely different nation, culture and context, might just as well have been written about post-coup Fiji under Bainimarama and Teleni. The opening text of that essay follows:
The Law
The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.Life Is a Gift from God
We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life — physical, intellectual, and moral life.But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. This process is necessary in order that life may run its appointed course.
Life, faculties, production — in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
What Is Law?
What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.
Each of us has a natural right — from God — to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties? If every person has the right to defend even by force — his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right — its reason for existing, its lawfulness — is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force — for the same reason — cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.
Such a perversion of force would be, in both cases, contrary to our premise. Force has been given to us to defend our own individual rights. Who will dare to say that force has been given to us to destroy the equal rights of our brothers? Since no individual acting separately can lawfully use force to destroy the rights of others, does it not logically follow that the same principle also applies to the common force that is nothing more than the organized combination of the individual forces?
If this is true, then nothing can be more evident than this: The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.
A Just and Enduring Government
If a nation were founded on this basis, it seems to me that order would prevail among the people, in thought as well as in deed. It seems to me that such a nation would have the most simple, easy to accept, economical, limited, nonoppressive, just, and enduring government imaginable — whatever its political form might be.Under such an administration, everyone would understand that he possessed all the privileges as well as all the responsibilities of his existence. No one would have any argument with government, provided that his person was respected, his labor was free, and the fruits of his labor were protected against all unjust attack. When successful, we would not have to thank the state for our success. And, conversely, when unsuccessful, we would no more think of blaming the state for our misfortune than would the farmers blame the state because of hail or frost. The state would be felt only by the invaluable blessings of safety provided by this concept of government.
It can be further stated that, thanks to the non-intervention of the state in private affairs, our wants and their satisfactions would develop themselves in a logical manner. We would not see poor families seeking literary instruction before they have bread. We would not see cities populated at the expense of rural districts, nor rural districts at the expense of cities. We would not see the great displacements of capital, labor, and population that are caused by legislative decisions.
The sources of our existence are made uncertain and precarious by these state-created displacements. And, furthermore, these acts burden the government with increased responsibilities.
The Complete Perversion of the Law
But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.How has this perversion of the law been accomplished? And what have been the results?The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy. Let us speak of the first.
A Fatal Tendency of Mankind
Self-preservation and self-development are common aspirations among all people. And if everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others. This is no rash accusation. Nor does it come from a gloomy and uncharitable spirit. The annals of history bear witness to the truth of it: the incessant wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, universal slavery, dishonesty in commerce, and monopolies. This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man — in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain…

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