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Saturday, June 13, 2009

It's Time: Non violent, Non Cooperation Must Begin
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.

Obviously, Fiji's military dictatorship in completely illegal and unjust in everything it has done, especially since Good Friday, 2009.

The Fijian people have had their own power ripped from under them, and as such, have every right to re-claim it. They have the moral upper hand; not Dictator Bainimarama.
The secret in getting started is getting organised and no matter how small it might be to begin with, it will gain momentum over time.If the planning has to be clandestine, and in the current climate it probably will be, then so be it.

So, What Can Be Done?From the outset, non violent, non cooperation activities can be contagious across a comunity....and this is where the current (and ongoing) emergency regulations can be completely defeated.

Media censorship will also be completely undermined by non violent, non cooperation activities.

A handful of people can work wonders, it just has to begin and the rest will evolve.

Here's How: Some Suggestions
1. conduct covert public meetings - fast food outlets can be very good for this - establish networking cells of four to six people to relay messages to each other, ensuring that the messages get to the participants across the country. This is excellent for co-ordinating non violent non cooperation activities, and if done in this way, the military have no hope of keeping this under control. They can try, but will be kept very very busy

2. an anonymous mass, non stop letter writing campaign to the illegal Dictator and his croneys
3. a mass sending of sympathy cards to the same illegal members of the regime - to their home address if you know it.
4. a mass letter writing campaign to international embassies in Suva
5. dropping pro-democracy leaflets in targeted locations, specifically in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka, on a continual rotational basis
6. wearing symbols - wristbands, armbands
7. use paint as a protest in major cities/towns - on roads, streets
8. a symbolic sound campaign across major cities/towns - a rotating roster for this, ongoing over time. It can be as simple as a constant car horn campaign - four long bursts. (this one is huge, it really has an impact on people and raises awareness very quickly)
9. Ostracising those who are linked to the Military dictatorhsip - turning your back on them, no communication with them, not sitting anywhere near them, complete silence, walking out on them
10. boycotting social events
11. non attendance to sporting events
12. organise a 'stay at home' day of workers on a continual rotating roster in the major cities
13. organise a mass 'sickie' day - workers call in ill on a particular day
14. launch a consumer boycott campaign - don't go to supermarkets, fuel outlets on a particular day
15. boycott banks for a day
16. Public transport boycott
17. Resignations from social organisations linked to members of the dictatorship
18. Create new social patterns - change times, locations of social interaction on a regular ongoing basis
19. Overload services - jam government departments phone lines with inquiries. This can be a sustained, ongoing strategy
20. Overload pro- dictatorship media with phone calls, letters, emails (make up an email address specifically for this, using gmail, hotmail and the like, creating a new email address each time)

How To Get Motivated for Action?
Having read Graham Leung's speech, posted on Intelligentsiya's blog on 9 June 2009, I suggest that this brilliant account of Fiji's situation is motivation enough.

Is it true that indifference, lax political leadership in the broader community, and fear, are all playing into the hands of the Military Dictatorship?

The time to change that is now, and through non violent non cooperation, a way forward can be found.

Read Graham Leung's speech and you will hopefully be inspired.
-nothing changes if nothing changes-

1 comment:

  1. Politics

    Tapu Misa: Fiji's hope lies in peaceful resistance
    By Tapu Misa

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    Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi could have been more polite. The Pacific Forum's most outspoken critic of Fiji's military ruler Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama didn't hold back when the commodore sidestepped the country's constitution to have himself reinstated as prime minister.

    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 dictators".

    Which wasn't very Pacific, as Tuilaepa's next-door neighbour, American Samoan congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, pointed out. And not exactly diplomatic, either.

    The congressman told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that New Zealand and Australia were "acting with a heavy hand" in trying to force elections in Fiji. Now was not the time for verbal attacks and heavy-handed tactics, he said. Fiji's problems were complex, and "smart diplomacy and continued engagement" would achieve more than condemnation and isolation.

    AdvertisementHe is right, of course. But forum leaders like Tuilaepa, who may feel they've given the bullish Bainimarama plenty of chances to engage, might be on to something. Never mind Bainimarama, go straight to the Fijian people.

    As Tuilaepa told the Savali newspaper, "The people of Fiji... will have to stand up and demand a return of their government... And if the Fijians want it bad enough, peaceful and passive resistance will work in Fiji."

    Listen to Wadan Narsey, an economics professor at the University of the South Pacific who finds himself at odds with many of his fellow Indo-Fijians for his opposition to the 2006 coup and the subsequent abrogation of the Constitution, and it's clear that it is not just the Fijian military which sustains Bainimarama's illegal regime but the support of those whom Narsey calls the "good citizens" of Fiji.

    "These good citizens have willingly supported illegal methods, to achieve what they think are good causes," Narsey argues in a recent lecture. But their support has so far only emboldened Bainimarama's military government and been "instrumental in encouraging them to announce that they have abrogated the 1997 Constitution". And it has created a Fiji headed for economic collapse, greater unemployment and a massive increase in poverty.

    Professor Narsey says it's dismaying that "so many otherwise good citizens" in Fiji have supported the military coups over the past 22 years.

    In 1987 and 2000 it was the Methodists, the Great Council of Chiefs and the majority of indigenous Fijian. In 2006, he said, it has been the Catholic and Hindu organisations, the Fiji Labour Party and its stalwarts, leaders of Non-Governmental Organisations, and the majority of Indo-Fijian citizens.


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