Monday, January 04, 2010

Driti Again into Women Bashing and Threats



Sai's Comments:

  • Here we go, the over promoted Colonel now into his element again - issuing threats to women and trampling on the freedom and rights of citizens to freely comment on the absurdity of the illegal regime's policies!!
  • Sad as well, when the Fiji Sun, readily provides him the platform to attack the rights of organisations to speak out on social issues that impact on the lives of ordinary people in Fiji.
  • No wonder the illegal regime is so keen to continue extending the PER to shut up people from voicing dissent against its policies.
  • What a way to start 2010! At least the regime is being consistent about its revulsion of seeing anyone threatening its illegal hold on the people of Fiji.
  • I trust outside observers are keeping watch on this paranoia and act of cowardice by a military strong man clearly promoted beyond his ability.

DRITI HITS BACK AT ACTIVIST

www.fijisun.com.fj - 4 January 2010

The Fiji Military Forces (FMF) has sent a warning fire at one of the country’s rights activist over making public statements.

FMF Land Force Commander, Brigadier General Pita Driti has warned Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Director, Shamima Ali to be careful when making public statements in the media.

Ms Ali is being reminded to think very carefully about what she says before making a public statement, says Brigadier General Commander Land Force, Pita Driti.

“Shamima Ali’s comments on the extension of nightclub hours were absurd and showed her exercise of hypocrisy at its highest.

“Added to this are the double standards she ignores which are practiced by the foreign governments that are providing her funds,” said Brigadier General Driti.

He also said that although her job obligates her to talk, she should be very cautious about what she says in public statements.

“The very Government that has paid her to comment have legislated and thus allowed extended nightclub operating hours.

“Ms Ali should understand that extended nightclub operating hours will discourage bootlegging and rowdy house parties which disturb peace within our neighbourhoods.

“It will also lessen binge drinking in clubs as patrons have an extended number of hours to enjoy and sensibly control their alcohol consumption,” he said.

Brigadier General Driti also said that her concerns were not old ones and that they had no connection to the extended nightclub operation hours.

“The rise in social problems Ms Ali is concerned about are not new and have nothing to do with the extension. Social problems and other related ills exist within our societies and organisations like the Women’s Crisis Centre were established decades ago for the sole purpose of dealing with them,” said Mr Driti.

Ms Ali made the comments on radio.

She refused to comment when contacted by the FijiSUN yesterday.

www.fijitimes.com - Monday, January 04, 2010

THE military's Land Force Commander has come out in support of extended operating hours for nightclubs and liquor licence outlets.

Brig Gen Driti responded after comments by the Fiji Women's Crisis Center that the extension of liquor sales and nightclub hours would result in alcohol-related social problems.

"The extended nightclub operating hours will discourage bootlegging and rowdy house parties which disturb the peace within our neighbourhoods," he explained.

"It will also lessen binge drinking in clubs as patrons have an extended number of hours to enjoy and sensibly control their alcohol consumption.

"In addition, tourists have a place to enjoy and spend their money.

"Most importantly, it stimulates the local economy like the extension of trading hours for retail businesses in urban centers."

Under new rules, nightclubs in special designated zones in Suva and Nadi can open to 5am, while shops in the zone could operate 24 hours a day if they wished.

He said Shamima Ali's comments over the extension of nightclub hours were hypocritical, given that such extensions had been legislated and practiced in donor countries.

"The rise in social problems that Ms Ali is concerned about are not new and have nothing to do with the extension of nightclub operating hours," Brig Gen Driti said.

"Social problems and other related ills exist within our societies and organisations like the Womens Crisis Center were established decades ago for the sole purpose of dealing with them".

Ms Ali said over the weekend it was evident that drunk people were loitering in the city late in the morning, and there were also reports of brawls.

She said three families she called to wish a happy new year to had to cancel their traditional family lovo.

"They told me that the people responsible for the lovo came home around 8am and drunk. Usually people would come back around 2am or well before sunrise."

Ms Ali added that she had been raising issues for the last 25 years.

"FWCC has been in operation for 25 years, and the funding from then till now is part of a regional funding program," she said.

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