Where was I?

February 9, 2008 at 4:23 am 11 comments

A lot of the coup supporters this time round have asked this question quite a bit.

“If you oppose this coup, where were you in 1987 and 2000?”

Typical. Trying to divert the illegal activities of their heroes and dump it on to those who know better.

If you really want to know…

In 1987, I was only a baby. Not even a year old. Yeah, I’m going to crawl up to that snake Rabuka and publically oppose him. What did the coup supporters want me to do? Throw a rattle at him and all those lame nationalists who wanted to cash in.

In 2000, I was a bit older and wiser. I knew a bit about the coups from my parents who told all about the troubled past of Fiji. I was 13. I saw what was happening in Fiji and could not believe my eyes. Fiji, an island paradise was falling into the abyss. There was George Speight who walked around with bald head thinking he was god. And Bainimarama who was control of his ever powerful military but was too busy shitting himself and not bothering to do anything (apart from overthrowing Ratu Mara).

Now I am a lot older. A young man who is free and happy (well not quite). I understand the situation a lot better. I understand what Fiji has been through and what is going through now. I am sick of it.

I bet everyone is too.


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Save the Sheep  |  February 9, 2008 at 4:58 am

    I for one have never supported any of the coup’s.

    The 1987 exercise was pathetic, backed by wealthy business interests and the same old dynasties that backed 2000 and 2006.

    1987 was violent, many were killed or went missing and intimidation was worse than 2006 for those who opposed.

    2000 was even more pathetic and clearly had the full support of certain families again and the military. I personally watched Speight pass through military check points on a daily basis and even to salutes for quite some time until Baini was double crossed and got angry with the idea of not getting his piece of the action.

    2006 is even more pathetic because the so calle dvictims of 2000 and 1987 hae manipulated the military and those same old families and businesses to back them in a revenge of the most sinister kind.


  • 2. Tim  |  February 9, 2008 at 5:48 am

    TWF: I wouldn’t even bother justifying where you were when previous coups occured.
    It’s the kind of question people pose when they can’t justify their own unprincipled stance. It presupposes also that people do not change, or evolve and remain static over time even though they might experience events that cause them to develop principles and a moral code.
    It’s like asking the British, or French, or anybody else “where they were” when the Pacific was being raped of resources in the past, or suggesting that the Australian government shouldn’t “say sorry”, or that Helen should not have apologised to Samoa for NZ’s disgusting behaviour a few decades back. The fact is the British, French, Australia, NZ have evolved even though there may be inconsistencies.
    It does not alter the fact that this coup is illegal, is totally fucking up Fiji, and the motives of those self-promotong, self-interested involved are totally dishonourable. It does not alter the fact that it is further entrenching a “coup culture”.
    It’s also like asking why aren’t we all busy blogging about Kenya, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and every other budding or fully accredited little insecure despot around the world.
    It suggests that because somebody did not express their displeasure at some previous point in their life, they have no right to express it now.
    Like I say, it’s the kind of bullshit question people pose when they have difficulty in justifying their own position. It’s DOGMA!
    Keep up the good work TWF!

  • 3. Tim  |  February 9, 2008 at 9:39 am

    While Fiji’s “mainstream” media drag their oversized undercarriages along the ground, and in the spirit of “self-censorship” :

  • 4. ex Fiji Tourist  |  February 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Great article about chaudhry’s tax evasion @


  • 5. ex Fiji Tourist  |  February 11, 2008 at 7:18 am

    In East Timor today, another idiotic soldier attempted to stage a coup d’etat.

    This time, thank goodness, the nut case was killed.

    bananasinpyjamas had better keep up his squad of 25 armed guards at all times; there are 900 000 Fijians waiting to celebrate his demise.

  • 6. ex Fiji Tourist  |  February 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    “Interim Works Minister Timoci Lesi Natuva said it seemed some civil servants perceived the interim administration to be an illegal regime”

    Join the millions of people around the world who agree with you.

  • 7. woilei  |  February 15, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Hey tard where art thou?

  • 8. Sireli Tawake  |  February 17, 2008 at 6:19 am

    I like reading articles on this site, but wondering what is happening to it?

  • 9. Keep The Faith  |  February 18, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Oh yeah and while aust troops are keeping an eye on what’s going down in East Timor, they also plan on being in our “neighborhood” to keep tabs in light of the de-reserved land idea…

  • 10. Tobo  |  February 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Oh goody – one bomb over FMF should do it on a fly-by!

  • 11. Budhau  |  February 19, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    “If you oppose this coup, where were you in 1987 and 2000?”

    What the questions suggests is that people have justified coups. Some felt that the 1987 coup was justified. The line back then was “support the cause, not the means”, Well, this time around there are others who seem to have justified this coup.

    What we learn from this is that “a coup is a coup”, all of them are bad.
    I am sure that some would be able to justify the next coup – maybe that one would be justified as attempting to save the Fijian identity and the Fijian land…and we continue this coup culture.

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