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We Will Crush Any Revolt: PM

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says any attempt at insurrection will be crushed. Speaking in Tavua yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said: “we will not and should not tolerate the kind of instability
15 Aug 2015 13:17
We Will Crush Any Revolt: PM
Samuela Nabenia (front) and Isaia Raega Driu appeared at the Tavua Magistrates Court yesterday. They are the latest to face sedition related charges. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says any attempt at insurrection will be crushed.

Speaking in Tavua yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said: “we will not and should not tolerate the kind of instability certain people are currently trying to provoke.

“Because it is not in the interests of the Fijian people as a whole, who are sick and tired of a tiny minority trying to sow division and insecurity and holding our nation back.”

He was in Tavua to open the Tavua Multipurpose Court facility.

He said: “As some of you will already know, more than 50 people have now been charged with sedition and urging political violence. These cases are

before the courts and I cannot comment on them directly.

“But as Prime Minister, I want to reinforce what the Police Commissioner has already said; that the situation is under control and there is no need for the public to be alarmed.”

He said they had the means to deal with any challenge to the authority of the State and “we intend to do so with every legal means available to us.

“There will be no so-called independent states established in Fiji. Anyone who swears an illegal oath will face the full force of the law. Anyone who encourages political violence will face the full force of the law. And this needs to be understood by every Fijian.

“I have an important message for the whole nation: Do not be swayed by those who seek to divide us. Do not listen to their lies and false promises. Because if you break the law, you will be punished.

“I also ask you to think for yourselves and examine the facts before you do something you might regret. It is a lie to say that the iTaukei way of life in Fiji is threatened. It is protected in our Constitution for all time. It is a lie to say that Christianity is under threat. Religious freedom – your right to be a Christian – is protected in our Constitution for all time.

“We have translated that Constitution into iTaukei so read it for yourself. It is the Supreme Law of our country. And when you do so you will realise the truth of what I am saying as opposed to the lies you are being told by people trying to manipulate you for their own purposes.

“Theirs is the mindset of the past – the misguided thinking that led to the events of 1987 and 2000 and tore our nation apart. That thinking was wrong then and it is wrong now. I repeat: There is no threat to the iTaukei or to Christianity. And anyone who says so is lying to you. “So I ask every Fijian to turn their backs on these messages of division and hatred and embrace the new era of opportunity that we have forged by working together as One Nation.

“At every turn, the FijiFirst Government is finally giving the Fijian people the services they deserve. But we can only do so if we have stability in the country and confidence in its future. And we will not and should not tolerate the kind of instability certain people are currently trying to provoke. Put simply, any insurrection will be crushed. Because it is not in the interests of the Fijian people as a whole, who are sick and tired of a tiny minority trying to sow division and insecurity and holding our nation back.

“If they talk about division. If they spread lies. Stand up to them. Tell them they are wrong. Tell them about all the positive developments in Fiji. Tell them to think about the future. Tell them to be patriotic. And if you hear about or see any illegal activity, report it to the Police.

“The onus is on every Fijian to keep our nation stable. To keep it safe.”

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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