Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PER Paranoia Reigns as Military outmanouvered.

January 20, 2010

A private meeting to map out the defense for the former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase has raised the ire of the military.

For security reasons (they thought they may be bugged) the meeting was shifted at the last minute from the lawyers office to the SDL building. The reaction from the military spooks suggests the ploy worked.

PER says all public meetings require a permit but recently this appears to have been unoficially extended to private groups also. Recently a motivational speaker was arrested for a meeting in a hotel room for not getting a permit. There is no definition in the regulation of what is considered political .

Obviously any meeting involving Qarase is considered political by the military including meeting his lawyer who happens to also be an ex MP.

FijiLive reports ” The military has today stated that it will not tolerate any secret political meetings due to the Public Emergency Regulation.

RFMF’s Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti said any gatherings in relation to political activities need a permit.

Colonel Driti has raised this issue after the military found out that a gathering took place at the SDL office at MacGregor Road in Suva late last week.

Assistant Police spokesperson, Sergeant Suliano Tevita said they have no information on the gathering that took place at the SDL office in Suva last week.”
Amnesty International calls on the Fiji government to cease immediately all measures which violate the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and to refrain from any other measures aimed at suppressing peaceful dissent.

Fiji: Downward Spiral Continues For Human Rights

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