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By GRAHAM DAVIS
*Fiji Sun columnist Graham Davis is a Fiji born and educated international-award-winning journalist.
He blogs at grubsheet.com.au This is an edited version of a longer column
ANOTHER SIGN OF DESPERATION
Coinciding with the police raids in New Zealand over an alleged plot to kill the AG and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, it’s yet another sign of the desperation among the Government’s opponents as Fiji moves towards the restoration of democracy.
Unfortunately, the tenor of that opposition is becoming increasingly sinister.
It’s an outrage that a website anywhere in the world would allow such postings to pass the gatekeeper. And let’s be quite clear.
There is simply no excuse because every comment submitted to this fetid cyber-slum is screened in advance.
In an extraordinary act of hypocrisy for a supposed crusader for “democracy”, any comment that Coup 4.5 doesn’t agree with is routinely censored and rejected.
These can be merely mildly supportive of aspects of government policy. Yet the truth is that these anonymous great “democrats” – who include some who pose as respectable citizens – are purveyors of the very brand of racism and violence that the Bainimarama Government is pledged to eradicate.
Judge for yourself. At 11.02am on Wednesday July 18, 2012, an anonymous contributor says: “Someone should just volunteer to kill Aiyaz for the sake of Viti (Fiji) and the citizens of this beloved country. We can send you one SAS BA ( Special Air Services of the British Army ) if you guys can’t do it”.
Oh really? Fabulous.
The SAS – the most elite force in the British Army – is a training ground for Fijian assassins? Is this person mad, a viavialevu (big noter) or is he serious?
It doesn’t matter. Coup 4.5 should never have published this travesty.
What does he say about comments on Coup 4.5? It was preceded by an extraordinarily racist attack on Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.
The contributor goes on to talk about the Attorney General’s alleged influence on the Prime Minister before an extraordinary diatribe about his alleged promotion of the Chinese cause.
Sa varau qori na compulsory vuli vosa vajaina! (They’re about to make the Chinese language compulsory in schools) Viti sa vakarau volitaki i China (Fiji is about to be sold to China) coz Fiji cant pay back its external borrowings from the Govt of the Republic of China!
(Ed’s note. This person seems to be confusing Taiwan with China, the People’s Republic.)
And then: Ni yadra mada ni kila na ka e yaco tiko i loma ni office vakamatanitu!. (Wake up to what’s happening at the centre of Government)…moce VT!! (Goodbye Fiji)
Ni vakamatei koya e initiate taka tiko na master plan! (Kill the person who is initiating the master plan!)
This incitement to the killing of any human being is unforgivable, especially in the Fiji context.
Coup 4.5 is a coward’s castle in which every article is anonymous except for a handful from mainstream commentators.
So it’s time for those commentators – notably Professor Wadan Narsey and the Oxford-based former Fiji journalist Victor Lal – to face some questions.
Do you – Narsey and Lal – endorse the sentiments expressed on Coup 4.5?
Do you think that they are appropriate in the Fiji context, or indeed in any context?
Will you publicly repudiate and disassociate yourselves from this incitement to kill a fellow Fijian?
It’s time for those who do put their names to Coup 4.5 to declare themselves, to say whether they support these sentiments or reject them.
Because right now, their silence implies one of two things – tacit support or turning a blind eye.