10 Jun 2011

Fiji group to launch ten-point plan for return to democracy

4:38 am on 10 June 2011

A Fiji pro-democracy group will use a forum in Australia this weekend to launch a plan to return the country to democratic rule.

The meeting will be attended by what the Fiji Democracy and Freedom movement calls 'key stakeholders', including Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara, who escaped to Tonga after being charged with sedition.

Its organiser, former Fiji land force Commander, Jone Baledrokadroka, says the plan starts with removing Public Emergency Regulations and media censorship.

"If you know the history of the regime, the litany of lies that they've been telling the people of Fiji. The Public Emergency Regulation was brought in in 2009, it was only supposed to have been 30 days. You need to take it away to engender democratic dialogue amongst the people of Fiji."

Jone Baledrokadroka says he hopes the meeting's participants will endorse the plan, which will be delivered to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in September.