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Qarase Meets Racist Friend

SODELPA campaigner and former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, on a visit to the United States, has met Adi Asenaca Caucau, who is well known for her racist anti-Indo-Fijian sentiments. The
20 Aug 2014 16:16
Qarase Meets Racist Friend
Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu receives a tabua (whale’s tooth) on behalf of the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, and the Fijian delegation in Canberra, Australia, on September 15, 2019. Photo: PM’s Office

SODELPA campaigner and former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, on a visit to the United States, has met Adi Asenaca Caucau, who is well known for her racist anti-Indo-Fijian sentiments.

The meeting comes in the wake of police warning against a proliferation of hate mails in social media in the build-up to the September 17 general election.

It also reinforces the belief that there is an orchestrated campaign to undermine the Voreqe Bainimarama-led FijiFirst party by SODELPA sympathisers planting fear in the minds of people.

Adi Asenaca was a radical member of the Qarase SDL Government who said in Parliament that Indo-Fijians were like weeds trying to take over everything.

She posted a picture of herself and Mr Qarase and tagged SODELPA Fiji, SODELPAQueensland and SDL SODELPA pages.

Extremist iTaukei elements similar to those who fomented events that led to the 1987 and 2000 political upheaval appear to be getting traction in their campaigning for SODELPA.

Prominent SODELPA personalities like Nirmal Singh, a candidate, communications director Jese Sikivou, a member of the inner circle of leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, youth representative Pita Waqavonovono and media officer Sainiana Radrodro are on the “friends” list of a certain Facebook website called Ratu Seru Cakobau. It is amongst the most racist.

Meanwhile, University of the South Pacific emeritus professor and development studies pioneer Crosbie Walsh has called on SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu to condemn racist comments in social media.

In his respected blog Fiji: The Way It Was, Is, And Can Be, he said RoTeimumu’s response that “these are not official SODELPA statements” and call for more tolerance was not enough.

“Intentionally or not, SODELPA’s policies on race and religion prepare the ground for these expressions of intolerance,” he said.

“Similar sentiments led to the 1987 and 2000 coups. Ro Teimumu needs to do more than call for tolerance,” he said.

“To improve SODELPA’s tarnished image, she needs to strongly condemn the intolerance, set an example with her own statements and lead the call to bring the perpetrators to justice.”




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