www.iwk.co.nz | The Indian Weekender | March 22, 2013
TUESDAY, 5MARCH WASCENSUS DAY.
Collectors will pick up your forms (if you have notcompleted them online).If you haven’t completed your census forms, it is nottoo late to do them online.
Fiji brutality video sparks NZ protests
ecent revelation of police brutality in Fiji led to a seriesof protests last week in NewZealand.Protests were held in Auckland andWellington after an online video twoweeks ago showed what are believedto be members of the Fijian policeforce beating an escaped prisoner ashe lay in the back of a vehicle after being captured.Embarrassed Fijian authoritieslater admitted the incident and have promised a full investigation.Last Friday’s twin protests werethe culmination of activism by amixture of groups and sparked by therecent exposure of violence against prisoners by Fijian security personnel,organisers said.The Wellington protest was organised by blogger and activist Sai Lealea wholed the speakers outside the Fiji HighCommission.Groups represented included the NZCouncil of Trade Unions, the GreenParty and Amnesty International, whohave all condemned the Fijian regime.Amnesty International has calledfor an independent investigation.The NZCTU has been campaigningstrongly for recognition of workers’rights and labour standards in Fiji anddemanded that the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s regimerecognise human rights at work.The Green Party has also insistedthat the New Zealand government
should use its inuence in the region to
put pressure on the Fijian government.
Fijians training with Taliban?
Meanwhile, Fiji police have launchedan urgent investigation into a reportthat two or three Fiji citizens aretraining with the Taliban in Pakistan.Agence France-Presse (AFP)reported recently that Pakistanremained a major destination for radicalised Muslims bent on a life of jihad, despite hundreds of US dronestrikes, the death of Osama bin Ladenand the fracturing of Al-Qaeda.
The report said foreign ghter numbers
were increasing with potentially
2000-3500 foreign ghters in the
Afghanistan/Pakistan border areasfrom about 30 different countries.“A few months ago, we evenwelcomed some (two or three) people
from Fiji for the rst time,” the Taliban
member told AFP, reported by theStuff website in New Zealand.“There are more nationalities becausethey face the same problems.“They tell us that they feel left aside by capitalism and discriminated byunfair laws, like the Swiss one on
minarets or the French one on hijabs.”
The military head of Fiji’s police,Ioane Naivalurua, told radio Fiji policewere seeking more information on thereport. Naivalurua said police were ‘’usingtheir network abroad to help theinvestigation’’.Fiji is home to 53,000 Muslims, mainlyof Indian origin. Most Fiji Muslimsare of the orthodox Sunni branchwith a small number of AhmadiyyaMuslims.The majority of New Zealand’s 36,000Muslims are from Fiji.
Protesters outside the Fiji High Commission in WellingtonJan Logie, MP, at the protest in WellingtonPeter Conway of the NZCTU at the protest
“Last Fria’s twinprotests were theculmination of activismb a mixture of groupsan sparke b therecent exposure ofviolence againstprisoners b Fijiansecurit personnel”- Organisers