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Suva Will Not Burn, Says PM

Suva Will Not Burn, Says PM
September 11
12:05 2014

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night pledged: “Suva will not be allowed to burn as it did in 2000.”

He also promised his Government would keep people safe and secure from intimidation and threats of violence during and after the elections period.

He said the 2000 events were one of the “most disgraceful episodes in our nation’s history”.

Speaking at the 30-level Grand Fijian Hotel and Apartment project launch in Suva last night he said: “I’m very disappointed that some of the forces who were responsible for much of the trauma we suffered in 1987 and 2000 have re-emerged from the shadows in this election campaign. Indeed some days I’ve wondered if anything has really changed, that feeling of being caught in a time warp.

“I say to you all tonight: We must choose the path of unity, of ethnic and religious tolerance. And of love. For each other and the nation we are building together. We must drown out the voices of division and negativity with a chorus of unity and hope. We must  turn our backs on the message of division and hatred.  Which is why I seek your support to keep moving our beloved nation forward. To vote for FijiFirst because above all else, we put Fiji first.

“Like many of you, I have been shocked by some of the threats that have been made in this campaign, not only against individuals but entire ethnic groups. It is simply not acceptable for any Fijian to threaten to kill another Fijian because of what he or she may have said in the way of a political opinion. And yet that is what is happening on certain blogs and on Facebook.

“It is not acceptable for any Fijian to say that our 45 troops being held in Syria – our loved ones – deserved what happened to them and should even be executed. And yet that is what is happening on certain blogs.

“It is not acceptable for any Fijian to threaten violence against Indo-Fijians or any group for that matter if their particular political party doesn’t win the election next week. And yet that is what is happening on certain blogs. And I am convinced that every decent thinking Fijian will agree with me that these forces must be stopped.

“Let me make this quite clear to the nation so there is no doubt in the minds of everyone. The Commander of the RFMF and the Police Commissioner agree with me that the full brunt of the security forces and the full brunt of the law will descend on any person or persons who cause trouble or who try to stir up trouble before, during and after the election period.

“To all Fijians, irrespective of their background, I say: you will be safe now and into the future. So do not be concerned about the threats that are being made by these troublemakers, however upsetting they may be.

“I promise that every Fijian living under my Government will be able to go about their daily lives in peace and sleep soundly in their beds at night, no matter who they are or where they come from. I will not tolerate a climate of intimidation and fear.

“And to the business community I say. We will do everything required to keep the peace. You can be sure of it because we will make sure of it.”





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