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'Crushed'

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, August 15, 2015

THERE will be no so-called independent state in Fiji, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking in Tavua yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said there was no need to be alarmed following the arrest of suspects who were charged with sedition.

"We have the means to deal with any challenge to the authority of the State and we intend to do so with any legal means available to us," Mr Bainimarama said.

"There will be no so-called independent state established in Fiji.

"Anyone who swears an illegal oath will face the full force of the law. Anyone who encourages political violence will face the full force of the law and this needs to be understood by every Fijian."

He said people should not be swayed by those who sought to divide.

"Do not listen to their lies and false promises because if you break the law, you will be punished.

"It is a lie to say that the iTaukei way of life in Fiji is threatened. It is protected by the Constitution for all time."

He said it was also lie to say that Christianity was under threat because religious freedom was also protected by the Constitution.

"Theirs is the mind-set of the past, the misguided thinking that led to the events of 1987 and 2000 and tore our nation apart.

"That thinking was wrong then and it is wrong now."

The Prime Minister also urged Fijians to stand up against those who were causing instability.

"We will not and should not tolerate the kind of instability certain people are currently trying to provoke.

"Put simply, any insurrection will be crushed."

Mr Bainimarama was in Tavua to open Tavua's new $98,000 multi-purpose court — a project initiated by the Tavua Town Council.








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