Tuesday, February 20, 2007

V for Vendetta

After much searching, I finally found the transcript for the movie "V for Vendetta".

This movie should have alot of meaning for all right-thinking citizens of Fiji, especially post December 5, 2006.

In many ways, the movie was my inspiration to set up this blog and participate (in my own little way) in the struggle for freedom and democracy in Fiji. It was also the vehicle which first exposed me to the notion of "inevitable democracy", a notion I will be revisiting quite regularly on this blog.

For the moment, I would like to engage your sense of patriotism through the now famous "V Speech" given in the movie by the shadowy freedom fighter simply known as "V" to the character played by Natalie Portman.

I hope you enjoy the clever use of alliterations. I know I did.

"This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

God Bless Fiji (and the creators of "V")!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Inciting Behaivour

The Fiji military's now infamous universal explanation given to the media whenever someone is taken in for questioning at Delainabua is that they have been taken in for "inciting" the public and that these "inciting" acts are a threat to the national security of Fiji. These detainees are to be "informed" that they cannot and must not to disturb the peace which currently prevails in Fiji.

What is exactly constitutes "inciting" behaviour and who exactly is being incited are anyone's guess? But these are pertinent questions to which the Fiji military offers no immediate answers.

Oxfords Advanced Learners Dictionary defines the word incite as "the urging or persuading of someone to do something by making him very angry".

To be quite honest, "incitement", as an excuse, is becoming less and less credible and more and more annoying as more people are taken up to Delainabua to be given "the treatment" at the hands of overzealous soldiers who actually believe in their hearts (and minds) that what they are doing is right.

What exactly did these detainees do to deserve such treatment at the hands of the military? Mostly, they spoke up against the military for taking other people to Delainabua in the first place.

The irony in all this is that it is this very act of oppression, which is uniting Fijians, Indians and other races, like never before, against the military.

The irony would be quite laughable if it weren't such a serious issue for the people going up to Delainabua.

I shall you leave then with this thought for the day: EVERY DICTATOR IS AN ENEMY OF FREEDOM, AN OPPONENT OF LAW.

God Bless Fiji.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A New Begining

This Blog is my sanctuary.

My sanctuary from the would-be oppressors of my freedoms, as enshrined in the Constitution of my beloved country.

I live in Fiji and, like many people in my country, I cherish and value the fundamental principles of democracy and the freedoms that come with it. The right to life and personal liberty. The freedom from servitude and forced labour. The freedom from cruel and degrading treatment. The freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. The fundamental rights afforded to arrested or detained persons. The freedom of expression. The freedom of assembly, association and movement. The freedom of religion. The right to privacy, education and to equality under the law.

I am dismayed that in recent times, these freedoms have been taken away from the ordinary citizens of Fiji. I am dismayed that in recent times these freedoms have been violated and raped in the worst possible way. I am dismayed that these violations are not matters of the past, but they continue even today, unconcealed and uncontested. They continue today for the many people who are being taken up to the QEB for purportedly "inciting" civil unrest or threatening national security. They continue today for the many people who are being taken up to the various military camps around Fiji for suspected criminal or corrupt activities ("suspected" being the operative word). They continue today for just about anybody who dares to "disturb the present climate of peace created by the military".

This then is a record of my thoughts. Thoughts on the so called "creeping coup" and the "coup makers". Thoughts on the current state of the political environment. Thoughts on the continuation of human rights abuses by the military and their continued disregard for human dignity and sometimes even human life.

Whatever they do now, the military must realise that dictatorial, authoritarian, repressive and cruel regimes never last. Their tactics of fear and intimidation to control the general public and to supress popular opinion is, ironically, the very instrument that will galavanise the masses to rebel against them. Their end is now inevitable.

This Blog therefore shall track and record the events leading to that inevitable end.

I leave you with this thought for the day: DICTATORS ARE RULERS WHO ALWAYS LOOK GOOD UNTIL THE LAST 10 MINUTES.

God Bless Fiji (and three individuals who invented the "Blogger").