Tapu Misa: Fiji's hope lies in peaceful resistance
Tuilaepa called Bainimarama a "puppet-master" and urged Fijians to "pound the streets in protest marches". "Peaceful, passive resistance," he said, was the only way to "rid yourself of cheap, idiotic dictator.
Tumeke has this to say & interesting to note VB has added "Ratu" to his name - when did this happen?:
Fiji coup "new legal order" retirement decrees purge civil service
So, the Commodore is aged 54 (55 when the decree takes effect) and as of the end of the month all the civil servants older than him (that aren't his cronies) will be forced to retire... and Audrey Young at the NZ Herald buys the dictatorship's line that it is for economic purposes. That's not the half of it.
It is a mechanism to purge the neutral public service and replace them with his cronies - a process started when his first coup in 2006 began with the police commissioner being replaced by a military officer. Now that accelerates with his second coup, using sweeping decrees without having to bother with a constitution.
It is no coincidence that Bainimarama turns 55 on 27 April and that he can force any state employee to retire that is 55 just three days later. It may be utter hypocrisy, but it is also a classic Alpha Male move to eliminate the senior ranking rival males - the MO of the bully/thug military man.
The retirement exemptions are the means the military will use to sack the good sorts of government officials that resist - in any way - the "new legal order." The sorts of people that refused to obey the Commodore the first time around in 2006 and who continued to operate their departments without reference to what they knew was an illegal authority.
Image ref: Tuemeke's blog.
Teejay for Free Fiji says:
It is time for some clear messages to be delivered to the the illegal regime of Dictator Bainimarama and his croneys, from within Fiji.
I know that it is easy for me to sit in the comfort of Australia and make that statement, however there are some very powerful non-violent activities that can take place which can hurt the dictatorship. More on that later.
I have personally been involved in non violent campaigns in the past. As a mature age blogger, I recall my university days in Melbourne that included a role in non violent campaigns against the Vietnam War. One particular day a non-violent march went pear shaped when confrontation between anti - Vietnam war marchers and the police (who came from nowhere) resulted in my own backside being kicked by a chubby policeman's boot, along with foul verbal insults and threats of arrest. Ultimately we had our victory - a change of government in Australia and the withdrawal of Australian troops from Vietnam.
Non violent, Non Cooperation
We know that civil disobedience has been around for a long time. The core philosophy underpinning civil disobedience can be found in Thoreau's On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849) where he stated that it is the individual who grants the state its power in the first place, and therefore must follow the dictates of conscience in opposing unjust laws.