Good morning bloggers. This article is taken from the FT with Felix ‘the cat’ Anthony trying to justify the 2006 coup. whilst at the same time saying it should never be condoned. SV asks whether these conflicting messages coming from the FLP reveals it is not ‘all sweet’ within the illegal junta? You willnote, that the last prominent appointments have not been from the FLP, but rather from the Military itself! For instance: Ararse and Padam Lala to the FHL with Lewensky to the Fiji Sun.
Keep blogging ragone!
Friday, July 04, 2008
THE military takeover in 2006 met little resistance, apart from verbal opposition from non-government organisations, civil society groups and the trade union movement, says the Fiji Trades Union Congress.
In its 2008 annual report, FTUCgeneral secretary Felix Anthony said unlike previous upheavals in 1987 and 2000, the December 5, 2006 coup caused less disorder than expected.
Mr Anthony said local and overseas commentators were surprised by the general level of acceptance of the political changes in 2006.
He said the most significant part of the fourth coup was the decalred preservation of the Constitution.
He said the military claimed to have used the reserve powers seemingly available to them —- the Doctrine of Necessity.
“Regardless of the peaceful outcome, the fourth Fiji coup on December 5, 2006 will remain as another dark chapter in our country’s history.
“The coup and overthrow of a democratically elected government cannot be condoned by any union movement.
“We are aware that after its victory in 2006, the Soqosoqo Duavata Ni Lewenavanua party came under intense pressure from the military on the subjects of alleged corruption and harbouring politicians tainted by the 2000 coup.”