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EDITORIAL: Let’s Bring Back Those Inciting From Australia

Any attempt to destabilise the Government and cause instability in Fiji should be a matter of concern. Not only to this country but the region as a whole. The current
27 Aug 2015 10:18
EDITORIAL: Let’s Bring Back Those Inciting From Australia

Any attempt to destabilise the Government and cause instability in Fiji should be a matter of concern. Not only to this country but the region as a whole.

The current contrived attempts to make trouble are the desperate efforts of those who cannot accept the democratic process. They cannot accept that SODELPA lost.

We now have Fijians living overseas encouraging anti-Government elements to rise up against the democratically elected government of Voreqe Bainimarama in a violent way.

This tantamounts to sedition and incitement.

In Australia, runaway Fijians who foment rebellion should be extradited to face the law here. Australian and Fijian authorities must work together to set an example in the region that they do not condone this type of behaviour.

If an Australian extremist came to Fiji and used this country as a base to incite violence in Australia, the Australians would be outraged.

They would undoubtedly seek the extradition of this person to face terrorism related charges in Australia. Our Government would surely comply with such a request.

It’s time Fiji asks Australia to extradite Fijians inciting violence in Fiji from Australia to Fiji to face justice. And Australia – as Fiji would do – should comply with such a request.

That’s if Australia truly wants our young democracy, born in September last year through the general election, to grow and flourish.

It’s public knowledge that one so-called indigenous activist has been actively involved in promoting the so-called Sovereign Christian States in some of the provinces.

In fact information has emerged that suggests this person has played a prominent role before heading back to Australia.

What started as prayer sessions in Suva has escalated into an issue that potentially has serious economic repercussions for this country.

The silence of the Opposition political leaders on this issue is worrying. Where is the voice of people like Ro Teimumu Kepa and Adi Tupou Draunidalo.

SODELPA president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu finally issued a call for everyone to observe the law.

But then in the next breath Ratu Naiqama called for those in custody charged with sedition and inciting violence to be released.

Does Ratu Naiqama really think he can interfere in the judicial process? Our justice system is independent and cannot and must not be interfered with.

We must allow the law to take its own course.

What is happening now in Fiji is being watched closely by our regional neighbours. This is because any developments here, negative or positive, impact on the dynamics of regionalism.

That is why it is so important that Australia, if and when it is called upon by Fiji to honour extradition applications, will do the right thing. Right now we hope Australian Federal Police are already investigating these people.

Australia has stepped up its own vigilance on the threat it faces internally and externally from terrorism.  It should apply the same rigorous watch on those living in Australia and trying to destabilise governments, such as ours, in the region.

We now have true democracy for the first time, where all our people are equal.

We have seen unprecedented developments. We cannot afford to go backwards.

We must protect our democracy. That’s why anyone who incites overthrowing it must be brought to justice. Including those who now try to make trouble from perches overseas. overseas.

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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