NEWS

SYDNEY’S Fiji community has marched through the city calling for the removal of Voreqe Bainimarama’s military regime and the restoration of democracy in their homeland.

An Australian Associated Press report said more than 150 people took part in the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement march, many donning black arm bands to mourn the death of democracy.

Children held signs demanding “no more coup” and “out with the military”, while the march urged the Australia government to take a tougher stance against the regime.

One woman sent an ominous message to the military leader, warning “Frank, God’s watching, you’re going get it (sic)”.

Fiji-born New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan, once accused of masterminding a assassination plot against Bainimarama, joined the protest.

He said the popular holiday destination had turned into dictatorship where mistrust had spread among its citizens.

“The nasty thing about (the) Fijian community, it’s very hard to trust anybody,” Khan told AAP. “It’s become like Nazi Germany, neighbours dobbing neighbours for favours from the military regime.”

Khan said the Australian Government needed to do more in trying to bring about change in Fiji, saying the Fijian people could tolerate any sanctions imposed.

“The (Australia) Government here has to take a tougher stance,” he said. “I think they’ve got to up the ante now into economic sanctions against Fiji.

“They’ve been reticent at doing that thinking they don’t want to be blamed for any further hardship on the people.

“But the people of Fiji are resilient. It’s short term pain for long term gain otherwise this is going to go on for a very long time.” – fiji uncensored