May 5, 2009

Duvuloco stopped at Nadi

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 17:11
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NATIONALIST politician Iliesa Duvuloco was stopped when he tried to leave the country on Monday this week.

Fiji Uncensored has confirmed that Duvuloco was booked to travel on an Air Niugini flight bound for Papua New Guinea and had already checked in at Nadi International Airport for the 7am flight.

However, he was turned away by border officials when he sought Immigration clearance minutes later.

Duvuloco had just been released by Fiji police after almost a week in detention. He and four others were accused of distributing pamphlets authorities say were in breach of public emergency laws.

The pamphlets allegedly urged indigenous Fijians to rise up against the military  regime.

Because he had already checked in, the PX flight bound for Port Moresby via Honiara was delayed as Duvuloco’s luggage was offloaded from the aircraft.

This is not the first time the nationalist had tried to seek shelter in Melanesia. Soon after Voreqe Bainimarama staged his coup on December 2006, Duvuloco fled to Vanuatu. He also spent time in Solomon Islands and PNG.

He only returned about 12 months ago when Solomon Islands declared him a persona non grata. – fiji uncensored


Pressure group hopeful of regime change in 2009


WITH less than seven months left in the year, the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement remains confident that a provisional administration can be sworn in before 2009 ends.

FDFM president Usaia Waqatairewa told Fiji Uncensored that the appointment of a caretaker government to take Fiji to elections in the shortest time possible, as ruled by the Fiji Court of Appeal on April 9, remained an achievable objective.

“I am looking at elections six months after a caretaker government has been sworn in,’’ he said.

Since its inception in April, FDFM has called on foreign countries to take a tougher approach when dealing with Fiji. Among its suggestions is an escalation from smart sanctions to full-scale trade sanctions.

It also wants national carrier Air Pacific banned from flying to two of its principal tourism markets – Australia and New Zealand, and it would like stricter travel restrictions established.

If implemented, these would not only affect members of the regime, but ordinary Fiji citizens as well.

This “short-term-pain-for-long-time-gain” argument is identical to Voreqe Bainimarama’s rationale in seeking public support for his supposed egalitarian objectives. But that is where any similarity ends.

“Ordinary citizens should support FDFM because we are fighting for the removal of the illegal interim government that has been forcibly leading Fiji,” Waqatairewa said.

“Supporting FDFM is supporting the quest to restore democracy and freedom.

“Supporting Bainimarama is supporting promised freedom when all they have given us in the last two years and four month is lies, lies and damn lies.” – fiji uncensored

Emergency regulations extended

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 13:16
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MILITARY regime spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni says the Public Emergency Regulations which were supposed to end on May 10 have been extended for another 30 days.

He said the regime thought it wise to extend the regulations after making a comparison of news coverage before and after the initial emergency regulations were introduced.

“Our analysis, which is also based on numerous supportive comments from members of the public, suggests that it is necessary to extend the emergency regulations to allow for the entire nation-building process to proceed with minimal distraction,” Leweni said.

He said the people of Fiji were experiencing a change from negative and sensationalised news to more positive, balanced and responsible reporting.

Leweni acknowledged media organisations for their efforts to “absorb the sincerity of Government’s intentions to help develop the nation”, adding that the regulations specifically targeted the media and would help Fiji secure parliamentary democracy. – fiji uncensored

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