Attack on Tourists up

THE number of attacks and crimes committed on tourists while holidaying in this country has doubled in the past two years (fijitimes).

Increase in crime goes hand in hand with increase in poverty.

Poverty level went North (up) when Bainimarama did his coup which resulted in lay off of workers in the tourism sector as tourist change plans to avoid travelling to Fiji. A lay off of civil servants as part of Mahend (Robin Hoods) plan to recovery. Pay cut to civil servants, the single largest block of employed people cause a significant dent in consumer demands which led to a downturn in business for other suppliers and therefore lay off of workers who were employed in this sector and the downward spiral continues.

Economy contracted, inflation went high and so on. Today we have reports of stagflation in Fiji. Inflation increasing as the economy contracts.

On the other hand, with Qarase at the helm, economy was growing at 2.3%, inflation was controlled and tourism was a big money earner and booming. More new jobs were on line to be created as the Natadola and Momi Bay Projects were scehduled for opening in 2007. New Zealand would have opened its door to seasonal workers (google for stories on how Vanuatuans are benefitting from this). The EU would have goven its funding for the rescue of the Sugar Industry. Australia is now considering seasonal workers and also giving them migrant status. With a dictatortship in Fiji, we the Fiji Citizens are going to miss out on this as well!!!

We used to be proud of how tourist friendly our country was, and our biggest marketing asset was our friendliness. Now on the Australian (owned by Rupert Murdoch whom we have been f….cking with lately by deporting his publisher Evan Hanna and sued by Chaudary) we have the headline “crime rate againts tourist increases in Fiji”  and the story about the Australian tourist rob on their yacht was related on the same article. A few years ago, Papua New Guinea used to attract the same publicity and now we’re in the same league.

In 17 months, this is one of the products of Voreqe and Mahend’s leadership.

If we do not take to the streets now to demonstrate against this thugs and criminals you know what is going to happend:

  • More uneamployment and lack of employments
  • More crime that will get more violent
  • More unemployment especially cuts in the civil service as Rishi Ram tries to model Fiji against wealthy Singapore (compariung apples and oranges again)
  • More misery, sadness, unhappiness, family break up, domestic violent crimes
  • Cut in water supply, dirty water in pipes, more electricity black out, more pot holes, degrading and run down infratstructure, downward spiral in health care, no medicine, people dying from curable deseases
  • No seasonal work to Australia and New Zealand

Think about it!

Oh and the police remain expendable 😦

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41 Responses to “Attack on Tourists up”

  1. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Organised p e a ce f u l l protests all over the country is ripe.

    We have all talked a good talk the last 17 months

    Now it is time to take the next step

    Peacef u l l y

  2. Mark Manning Says:

    Expandable , expendable or irrelevant ?
    Like a boil on the bum of society , this regime has come to a head and must now be lanced !

  3. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Restore Democracy
    Editorial Comment
    Wednesday May 07 2008
    _____________________________________________________________

    As if the tourism industry has not been affected enough by the political situation which afflicts the country, it is now suffering at the hands of petty criminals.

    Statistics released by the police force show that crimes committed against visitors have increased by 100 per cent over the past 12 months.

    This is an indication of the worsening law and order situation or an indication of the desperation of those who have no other means of survival.

    There is the possibility that a combination of both factors has caused thieves to attack what they see as soft targets.

    But by targeting tourists, criminal elements in society threaten an industry which has the potential to lift the national economy out of the doldrums.

    By robbing tourists, they send a clear signal to potential visitors that Fiji is not a safe destination.

    This is the last thing the country needs.

    When the Tourist Police Unit was set up, officers believed the move would restrict criminal activity and protect visitors.

    Unfortunately, it appears that visitors are safest within the confines of their hotels and resorts.

    This is unacceptable in a country where visitors of any kind are made to feel welcome in our homes, villages and settlements.

    That our society has descended to such a state should be a matter of concern to the tourism industry, police, the interim Government and the public.

    For each of us has a role to play to ensure that the tourism industry is protected and that tourists are able to travel without fear in this land we all love.

    But as long as the marginalised in society are deprived of employment and police resources are stretched to the limit, little else can be done to stop attacks on people and property.

    The interim administration must double its efforts to return Fiji to an elected government.

    This single move will go a long way towards restoring investor confidence and creating employment.

    The longer people are unsure about the future and remain unemployed or on reduced pay, the greater the chances for an increase in criminal activity. If this activity continues to affect tourism, the industry could suffer to such an extent that it declines beyond repair.

    To ensure this does not happen, the interim regime must do all within its power to restore democracy within the shortest possible time. This is the way forward for us all.

  4. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Priority is a return to elections

    Peaceful marches on the streets; without looting; will do a good turn to hasten the process. As Rika says above, restore democracy is the way forward for us all.

    However, demonstrations that are well organised will not harm anyone but play the povitol role of sending the message across to those who long to delay the election that we, the people, ARE LOOKING TO MARCH ’09 to go to the polls.

    This is healthy. And much needed.

  5. Tim Says:

    Junta solution to rising crime: lock em up (taxpayer can pay for them as well as our jaunts)

  6. Tim Says:

    Junta next move: Police are not foing their job (blame someone else). Police and Military will again embark on joint programmes to target crime.
    Police will come under direct control of Military (as if they aren’t already).
    Military will be lead agency.
    Following that, Judiciary are not capable of making judgements that reflect the will of “the people”.
    …….you get the idea.
    Meantime Bernie, iIarse, Shaista, Frank and Chodo ‘network” worldwide looking for an escape route in the vein hope that they’ll somehow stage a comeback in later years and prove themselves to be the “true” saviours of Fiji.

  7. Tim Says:

    Junta say: It’s the Public Service’s fault. It’s the Police’s fault. It’s all those selfish people who don’t want to move Fiji forward’s fault.
    It’s the criminal’s fault. It’s big brother Australia and NZ’s fault.
    It’s the media’s fault

    All of them, “they jus dun unna Stan”

  8. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    Adding to VB’s earlier comment re. the tourism industry being backward. the only reason it is backward is because of them – what halted developments on Momi and Natadola and in Fiji in general – the military coup!!.

    They r attempting to take the tourism, media and water industry to the same base level as that of the security forces – ineffective and a drain on national resources….

  9. Mark Manning Says:

    A harmless , non threatening way of protesting the coup , without fear of retaliation but to highlight the publics distaste for it and a way of showing support for a return to a democratically elected government , is for everyone to wear a black armband to signify the death of democracy in Fiji and perhaps a second one in a different colour , signifying the wish to restore democracy . There’s no need for anyone to get hurt , no one need protest as the wearing of one is the protest itself ,you don’t have to march or gather in a crowd , it’s non threatening but gets the point across , the regime can’t arrest , harass or jail you all . solidarity is what is needed , it’s something you don’t have in Fiji today . someone has to be brave enough to start it off .

  10. IslandBoy Says:

    @Mark Manning – Good idea St George! FemLink Pacific, the womens’ media NGO together with a few other organisations are conducting a candlelight peace vigil at the Anglican cathedral here in Suva on a weekly basis. (Still going on I think)

    The reason I remember Femlink is because I saw Sharon Rolls there and she had previously been one of the main coordinators of the Fiji Blue Ribbon campaign. Some of the same women were detained during the brief pro Tibet protest outside the Chinese Embassy.

    If you got in touch with her, designed and funded a distictive ribbon or button, I’m sure Sharon and her network could get it out in the public very fast and distribute it widely.

    Sharon is closely tied in with Virisila and the FWRM and Shamima and the FWCC crowd. Also I must say these are some gutsy women.

  11. Adi Kaila Says:

    I have a wonderful design for a Solivakasama
    TShirt – it’s getting out there for people to wear that’s a real worry because I’d be absolutely devastated if someone was bashed for wearing one.

    I am hoping my brothers who live overseas will have them printed there and distribute them for people to wear and talk about this site. Hopefully they will be worn at functions where TV crews are around. Like Rugby 7s, or even at Beijing – The TShirts will be very distinctive – no propaganda – But before I get carried away I better get permission from the SOLIVAKASAMA TEAM.

    I am hoping to print SOLIVAKASAMA on the front – large font possible and the website address on the back with FIJI above and below the address.

    Still working on it.

  12. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Adi Kaila,

    Don’t stop due to a perceived possibility of being bashed. That translates to an admission of defeat before we even begin; which is what the bullies count on. Looking forward with anticipation and excitement to view your end results. I thank God for your talent and Bless you for your work.

    Thank you for making my day
    I wish you the same.

  13. Fijianpatriot Says:

    Just to divert your attention to another topic that is making headlines across the world. This is from the Avaaz.Org

    “In the wake of a massive cyclone, at least 22,000 Burmese are dead. More than 40,000 are missing. A million mmore are homeless.

    But what’s happening in Burma is not just a natural disaster – it’s also a catastrophe of bad leadership.

    Burma’s brutal and corrupt military junta failed to warn the people, failed to evacuate any areas, and suppressed freedom of communication so that Burmese people didn’t know the storm was coming when the rest of the world did. Now the government is failing to respond to the disaster and obstructing international aid organizations.

    Humanitarian relief is urgently needed, but Burma’s government could easily delay, divert or misuse any aid. Today the International Burmese Monks Organization, including many leaders of the democracy protests last fall, launched a new effort to provide relief through Burma’s powerful grass roots network of monasteries–the most trusted institutions in the country and currently the only source of housing and support in many devastated communities.”

    That is just downright inhuman and to think that it came from a military junta that ascended to power on a similar line as our Interim Regime through the assistance of our very own military.

    If one takes time to browse through the internet on the topic of the Myanmar Military government, one will be shocked at how this junta is treating its citizens and how its military officers are running the government as if it is nobody’s business. This officers are even building a city just for them, their families and their relatives while their people live in extremely shocking conditions and under a very brutal, corrupt and oppressive government.

    BTW, if you want to make a direct financial contribution to the plight of the Burmese people, you can go to http://www.avaaz.org.

  14. natewaprince Says:

    Seen the latest ad on TV ? Rupeni Matakibau and an Indian dude advertising the services of FICAC.

    WTF,a cava e ratou volitaka tiko.Sources tell me that FICAC investigators are demanding up-front payment from persons being investigated to find in their favour and to drop cases.

    I hope the pig is reading this.Just to show how serious this unit is,they still haven’t appointed anyone to head it.

    Corruption is rife within FICAC itself,can you believe it? No wonder their conviction rate is a big fat ZERO.

  15. natewaprince Says:

    A question to fellow bloggers.Does anyone know where Batibasaga is.This is the leeche who is part of Col Kurisiga’s inquiry team into the provincial council’s.

    A rumour I heard was that he had kicked the bucket but the death had been kept a secret .Is this why the their inquiry has ground to a halt?

    Someone please confirm or deny this story .

  16. LUVfiji Says:

    Thats a great idea Adi K !

    I really would rather that than for us to take to the streets. We’re sure to gather more support. Can I suggest that we print on the back of the T’s http://www.solivakasama.wordpress.com

    LUV IT !!

  17. LUVfiji Says:

    Sorry AdiK – I obviously didnt read yr post properly! Shoooooot

  18. IslandBoy Says:

    @Adi Kaila & LUVfiji – had actually proposed this sometime ago and got responses from people saying what size they wanted to order, but did not get OK from SV editors, so I dropped it.

    Even went as far as going to that tee shirt print shop around the corner from Marist Suva Street, but when he found out what the SV website is about he declined.

    His position was understandable because he could easily be victimised by the illegal regime, which would mean all his workers, already working at garment factory wage scales would be out of a job.

    Am in full support of your position that our people do not get bashed for wearing the tee shirt. Here is hoping SV they will read your post and give you the green light.

  19. Frida Says:

    Adi Kaila – what a brilliant idea. If we cannot wear it at home because someone migt get bashed for inciting whatever – then let’s do it for those travelling overseas. Burma rights activitis did this and got alot of attention from the international community. Even at UN meetings – you will find them distributing their T-Shirts with specific information they want the outside world to know about their situation.

    The blue ribbon campaign was good but a lot of people that I tried to encourage to wear one were hesitant. I wear mine to work for a while and people would have a questioning expression on their face – to what it was for. If we do something like this we must ensure that people understand what it is all about – in four languages including Rotuman.

    If SV agrees, that would be great but would suggest SOLIVAKASAMA in the front and the list of other blog sites on the back – the TRUTH at the bottom of it.

  20. nativegal Says:

    F//Patriot..,The Burma /Chile/Brazil catasttrophes is part of prophecies coming to ppass..Revelations Four Horsemen..The worse iis yet to come ie.thhat 1/3 oof mankind will perish and global famine and wars escalatte..
    Yes the only way out is to humble ourselves and appeal to Gods grace.
    The nation of Fiji has a divine calling to become a light to the nations reason why the clean up..the final one yet to come in form of a triibulation…How can God use an unclean well unless itt is clean…The nations of the world will come here in search of wheat and liviing waters….
    We must cleanse ourselves of our prejudices and align ourselves back to our Great God….for his ways are not our ways…he who looks not at the externnal but the interrnal…
    All that has transpired in this beloved nation was allowed by God to shake all things so that only the unshakeable is left standing….
    Read Isaah 60-61….Darkness covers the earth …but light will prevail…by your prayers and commitment the light from this nation will shine brighter

    God Bless you all

  21. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    Fiji death threat for Australian: THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER – May 08, 08

    POLICE in Fiji are investigating a death threat against Australia’s high commissioner there.

    Police spokeswoman Ema Mua said the threat to High Commissioner James Batley was made in a taxi-delivered letter handed to security staff at the high commission in Suva last night.

    Security had been beefed up around the Australian high commission, as well as at other foreign embassies and commissions.

    “At the moment, we are very much concerned about looking after the safety of the foreign workers. That is paramount,” Ms Mua said.

    “We are taking this very, very seriously.”

    Although details of the letter have not been released, Ms Mua said the threat may have had political implications.

    “We are getting this implication that perhaps people are trying to sabotage what government is trying to do and in the process doing these kind of things,” she said.

    Fiji has been ruled by military commander Frank Bainimarama since a bloodless coup in December 2006.

    Australia has sanctions against Fiji and has been a staunch critic of Commodore Bainimarama’s regime.

    “I don’t think it is people upset with Australians. I should think it would be some people trying to sabotage what our government is trying to do,” Ms Mua said.

    A spokesman for the Australian High Commission in Suva would not discuss the threat but said Mr Batley may release a statement today.

  22. Belijo Says:

    I suggest that Ms. Mua prove her statement otherwise it’s an assumption which in her role as a police spokesperson should never be used. Her assumptions must be her own and kept within herself. Any public comment or statement must be a statement of facts not assumptions.

  23. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    All ideas are good

    Including peaceful marches along the streets in Fiji

    What ever has become of the University of the South Pacific? In past coups they were very involved in the fight for democracy. In this case they are non existent.

    USP. FIT should be pro active. They represent future leaders not only for Fiji but the Pacific.

    Do not rule out peaceful demonstrations. Keep turning the ideas over in your brilliant minds for This remains the most effective to draw the attention both at home and internationally to the plight of the people and how they need democracy restored not 15 years into the future but NOW. Try March 2009 as promised is all we are saying. And it can be organised so that it is peaceful.

  24. Keep The Faith Says:

    From FJ Vill 2day

    Aust High Commissioner Receives Death Threat

    Police have today confirmed that a death threat was made against the Australia High Commissioner to Fiji James Batley last night.

    Media liaison officer Atunaisa Sokomuri has confirmed that the threat was contained in a letter delivered by a taxi driver at around 8.10pm.

    Officers from the Police Special Branch were at the High Commission last night providing security to the High Commissioner and the Commission staff.

    Police are also doing constant patrolling around the High Commission today. Australian High Commission James Batley said he is aware of the threat that was received at the Commission yesterday evening.

    However, he said he will not comment on the matter as they are currently assessing the letter received and are expected to issue a statement later this afternoon on the matter.

  25. Keep The Faith Says:

    Oh good Lord Berenado your handcrafted tanoa and general ass-licking by way of the pic is not good enough for the UN I’m afraid.

    Mr Moon has standards to abide by and the majority of the UNGA big-wigs have already made their positions clear.

    http://www.fiji.gov.fj/publish/page_11795.shtml

  26. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    More the reason to take to the streets now

    Time is ripe

    If not now then when?

    We have talked and talked ; 17 months gone by and still Fiji continues on her downward spiral

    When do we stand up; rise up; and push back. Prices will be paid. Yes, that is expected. And what the bullies want is for us to give up and surrender before we even begin.

    Do we give them what they want? If we don’t push back now they will become very comfortable and we will always be a suppressed people The world’s history is there for the learning

    We should take their lesson

    Do we want this to end in March 2009

    Or in March 2029

    That is the question

    Talk is fine but at some point we have to stop talking and start doing.

  27. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    @AdiK/Frida/SV

    If the the artwork is up ; will it be okay if I create a plate here to print and then sell.

    Would you like proceeds (after costs) sent somewhere to continue support for the cause?

  28. Tim Says:

    Hey Frank! Time to trot out iIarse and the up and coming queen Pryde of the Lions: http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=39641
    Don’t tell us you didn’t expect it

  29. Tim Says:

    Rank…..oops Frank and Choo are deep in conference trying to figure out who will be their next sacrifice

  30. Jose Says:

    Ema Mua says

    “I don’t think it is people upset with Australians. I should think it would be some people trying to sabotage what our government is trying to do,”

    ema mua, when did you vote “your goverment” into power? I don’t recall such general election happening in the past with these people winning their seats. Next time you deal with the media get your facts right before you open your mouth to make your thoughts and personal opinions inclusive of the general public. These people are criminals functioning as an illegal regime. They are not our govt

  31. Jelly Roll Says:

    The point is that human rights abuses by the regime itself puts petty thiefery in the shade. Bai is the big criminal and his crime career is just picking up steam. Hows this for a scenario for Frank’s 3-point strategy??

    1. Frank gets sick of being the “victim” of a “free media” and uses the loony media plan of Dr Jim Anthony to take over control of the media.

    2. Frank sees himself as the boss in Fiji and no one, especially NZ or Australia, is going to tell him when to hold elections, so he puts pressure on NZ and Ozzie business people and especially on their embassies in Suva (you know, using military thugs and criminal types to do little chores like robberies, house invasions, and burning down houses that just happen to the homes of judges who won’t bend the way Frank wants them to, and that sort of thing). Bai doesn’t like foreigners, especially ones he thinks are against him. He proved that by getting the NZ ambassador kicked out.

    Finally, 3. Bai uses 1 & 2 to get everyone’s eye of the ball and create a reason (ongoing problems) for delaying the elections as long as he wants.

  32. adi_tuiloma2 Says:

    Thank you SV great idea to take to the streets. I most definitely support this. High time Fijians prepare to do the hard work. Problem is we have been too complacent letting these thugs stick around all these time. T-Shirts great idea too and will support that when it comes around. But keep on pressing for the need to take to the streets. Vinaka.

  33. Fiji Fighter Says:

    adi tuiloma kua mada na tadra tiko, lai cavu bele mada ga, kua na complain, ca gona na susu madrai!!! lade mada mai e gauni sala mo qai raica na nomu cala!!!

  34. Tebara Says:

    FF …kua ni levu nomu vakamacala … O cei vei rato na gata e masia nomu boci mo mai tocitoci kina na bogi e dai??

    Sa kua so .. tucake vaka na tagane..Kua na via free ride tiko vaka na luve ni vuaka !!

  35. aubatinuku-N Says:

    O la qo e dau mai vakosakosa ga va na meqemeqe qima ga dro!
    E dua na vi masi vinaka ratu sa kitaka tiko mai yasana ya!

  36. Tebara Says:

    Taciqu @ aubatinuku – Teregi beka mai nona BO ..bahahahahahahaha!

  37. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Na kai vei mada o la qo?
    Teregi se balavu na guana no teregi!! Sa rui sivia ga nodra vi tauri dagger wavoki tu la, ra yavu butabutako, macawa!!

  38. Jose Says:

    People, fiji fighter does not represent the ig he only speaks for himself. Qori dua ga vei ira na kalavo cikinovu vateratera tu vakarogorogocataka, vakamaduataka tu na mataivalu because it suits his mentality. Ke ra kilai koya so vei ira na yalododonu ra se vo tiko ena mataivalu era na vavutia na kalavo qauri qori.

  39. natewaprince Says:

    The cock-sucker is blogging from the pigs media cell

  40. Tui Says:

    NP last I heard Batibasaga is back in the village in Nasekawa, Sigatoka. He has been sickly lately and it would be unfortunate if he passed away without telling his story about Chodo’s coup. They have all gone quite because they realize that the pig is not the great mastermind of December 2006. All this time vore was playing them for a fool. Now the truth has come out but they are too proud to go against the pig!

  41. natewaprince Says:

    Vinaka Tui,so there was some truth to the rumours. Ia katia na papai.

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