Human Rights Abuse in Fiji Protest

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Date: Friday 15 March 2013

Time: assemble at 12.30pm for 1pm

Venue: 360 Queen Street (grass verge opposite Aotea Square), Auckland.

March will be down Queen Street and ending at Queen Elizabeth Square Downtown Westfield Auckland (opposite Britomart).

Speakers apparently include David Shearer.

8 comments on “Human Rights Abuse in Fiji Protest”

  1. Jenny 1


    If you can, watch how the plain clothes officer cradles the victim’s foot as he circles it with practiced blows with the butt of his police baton, deliberately smashing the ankle. He then grabs hold of the prisoner’s other foot and repeats the process, again deliberately and methodically smashing the ankle bones with his baton.

    From the officer’s unhurried and deliberate matter of fact actions, it is clear he has done this before.

    Did you know that New Zealand’s Secret Intelligence Service have a working relationship with the security services of this regime?

    Did you know that the New Zealand SIS have an office in Suva?

    Will David Shearer be demanding that the SIS close their office and depart Fiji?

    Did you know that the racist Fijian regime has just banned most political parties?

    Did you know that the racist Fijian regime has harsh anti-union laws?

    Did you know that New Zealanders are benefiting from the fascist terror imposed on the Fijian people by enjoying cheap holidays there?

    Will David Shearer call on all New Zealanders contemplating taking advantage of a cheap holiday in Fiji, to boycott the regime until democracy is restored?

  2. Jenny 2

    Whistle while you work.

    They say that true evil is banal in it’s operation. Listen to the soundtrack as one Fijian Security officer casually whistles a tune as they brutally torture and sexually abuse their bound prisoner.

    Shudder to know that the Fijian Security forces are a much valued contingent of the West’s intervention in the Middle East, valued for their “special skills”.

  3. Jenny 3

    Speakers apparently include David Shearer.

    The Standard

    Good on David Shearer for turning up.

    His presence at this demonstration is a slap in the face of those in the state forces here, who choose to colaborate with the military regime in Suva.

    The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service for instance, have a close working relationship with the regime.

    With an office in Suva, the NZSIS maintain close ties with the regime. As the link below shows New Zealand’s secret police force, acting on advice of the regime accompanied by regular police raided the Auckland homes and seized the personal possessions, laptops and cell phones, of democracy activists, these phones and computers holding information on those who campaign for democracy in Fiji would have been of deep interest to the regime.

    No charges were ever laid following the SIS raids on the Auckland based Fijian democracy activists who had sought shelter here. But there can be very little doubt that the sensitive personal details of those opposed to the regime both here and in Fiji, that were attained by the SIS were handed on to the security force of the regime by their close buddies in the SIS.

    David Shearer should use this opportunity to publicly call for the SIS to severe all their working relations and colaboration with the regime in Suva, at least until democracy is restored.

  4. Jenny 4

    Pull on one thread and all the dirty linen tumbles out.

    Regime sympathiser, Cameron Slater who blogs under pseudonym Whaleoil openly brags of his links to the National Government and the state and now of his contacts in Fiji. Slater says he held off from commenting on the video of the torture at the time, because he first had to check in with his “contacts”. (read pay masters).

    For Slater and his extreme right wing allies, here and in Fiji, ignoring this outrage hasn’t worked. So with the permission, no doubt of these “contacts”, Cameron Slater goes on the offensive (in more ways than one), And does his best to give political cover for the fascist style torturers of Fiji.

    I didn’t blog anything about it at the time because I wanted to talk to my contacts in Fiji, both in business and the general community about the background to the escape…and the background of the people in the video.

    Justice in Fiji is a wee bit rougher than what we would expect. But this was over the top, but when you put in some perspective about the Naboro prison escape in September 2012 you can understand the anger and retribution. That by no means justifies it, but it simply provides perspective.


    Slater then goes on to justify the torture of the escaped prisoners citing a number of crimes committed in Fiji while these men were on the loose. Evidence linking these men to these crimes is not offered.

  5. xtasy 5

    Is this Jenny’s post?

    Anyway, it is appalling what goes on in Fiji, and I hope that there will be people taking a stand on Friday. Previous events I attended were somewhat disappointing, due to low turnout.

    By the way, police abuse happens in dear ol Aotearoa also, daily, dear friends.

    I could tell some stories, but rather choose not to go down that way tonight.

    The Independent Police Conduct Authority is in most cases a white washing laundry machine, and most cased brought before it get investigated by whom? Yes, THE POLICE!

    Now would David Shearer and Phil Goff perhaps take issue with that also at some stage?

  6. xtasy 6

    Yes, I bloody knew it. 40 odd people “marched” on Queen St against the human rights abuses in Fiji. Amongst them mostly Fijians living here to escape from the dictatorship, plus a few unionists, Shearer (good on you David!) and a few others.

    This is NZ 2013, and I have dared to state this before!

    NZ is now a gutless, neutered and no-hoper society, where activism is DEAD. I know what I am talking about and I have been to many activities over recent years. Yes, activism is DEAD, and we have but pseudo activists and commenters on blogs, that pretend to take a stand, but in reality they would rather not be seen on the street, for fear of losing their jobs or business.

    That is NZ 2013, a coward nation, a coward people, totally disuninted, totally full of words and diorrhea and nothing more. NOT a coutry worthy or revolutionary spirit, not of anything near it, it is a gutless people, totally divided, self centred, materialistic, consumerist, dumbed down by dumb, brain washing media and not up to the simplest of tasks, as I have waged a campaign, not noticed by most for months, while being sick, disabled and close to suicide at various times.

    Are you guys and girls really so PROUD of your country and people? What people are you anyway, I ask?

    I see NO hope for NZ, as long as this hopeless and gutless shit continues, as I observe!

    Ah well, I need a good milk shake, a sweet ice cream, a good chat on Fakebook or else, that is what is the reality in a hopeless country that does not even have sheeps in numbers anymore. Bring on the drought, dry them all out, destroy the economy, so many more will have to eat out of pig troughs in future. That is what many deserve, I am afraid. There will never be a revolution without PAIN!

    • Jenny 6.1

      I disagree. There are number of points about this.

      First of all the low turn out.

      Every serious protester knows you don’t call a protest in the middle of the day in working hours. (Unless you are a union leader and you have organised a general strike first.) Though some successful exceptions that disprove the rule do come to mind. But generally you would not do it for a fledgling movement.

      Secondly the lack of reporting.

      Both before and after.

      What happened? Who was there? Who spoke? What did they say? Were any photos taken?

      Where can I find any report of this event?

      • xtasy 6.1.1


        Cop outs, I am afraid, many cop outs!

        The East Germans did not wait for the media to start reporting about the large demonstrations that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, indeed the media there did all to NOT report on this. People organised by word by mouth and the crowds grew daily in the end. The people had enough of empty promises from a one party ruling government, that did not deliver. So they stood up and forced the change by massive protests.

        And yes, you may be right about midday protests, but people that work also have lunch breaks, and if committed, they could use their lunch break to attend, albeit just briefly.

        The media does not report on protests, unless there are high profile issues and expected reasonable turnouts. Otherwise they simply do not bother, as they rather want to report on drivel stories about weather, sports, who said what, crime of course, the royals, celebs, and what else there usually is on the news.

        I went to activities where hundreds were sitting by at lunch bars, take-aways and outside cafes to have their lunch break and rather frown on the few protesters that “dared to disturb” their lunch breaks.

        Would more attend after work? NO, because they would want to get home quick to do their private work, hobbies or watch the latest soap series. Would more turn out on weekend days? No, as I have witnessed, they are too busy enjoying their weekends or sit at home surfing the web or watching telley or whatever else.

        As a matter of fact the average NZer has a rather dim view of politics and issues, especially when it is about such in other countries, like Fiji. Some have no worries going there on holidays and lie on the beaches, getting drinks served by low paid staff.

        There is simply too much self-centredness, consumerism, distraction, superficiality, indifference and lack of interest, and I have seen it at every activity I attended. The days of protests and pickets are gone, that is my conclusion. Narcissisism and self indulgence through shopping and consuming are highly popular, same as of course dating and attending concerts or whatever else (if possible for free), but not protesting. It is very sad and disheartening and I made it clear in my over the top critical post above, but it is the reality. I admire you for trying to see things positively in this respect, I cannot though.

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