Martial law returns to Fiji

Coup leader warns of efforts to "destablise" country by ousted prime minister.

    Bainimarama accused Qarase of spreading lies and trying to destabilise Fiji [AFP]
    Bainimarama said the emergency measures, which will be in place for a month, were needed to halt what he said were efforts by Qarase and members of his political party to "destabilise" the country.
     

    "The lies they were spreading were not in the best interests of the nation"

    Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Fiji's army chief

    Under the emergency rules, the military has the right to detain people without charge.
     
    "The lies they were spreading were not in the best interests of the nation," Bainimarama told the Fijilive Web site. "I have to tell them on behalf of the government and the military, we are not going to accept that."
     
    Bainimarama has been under pressure from several neighbouring countries, as well as the European Union and the US, to return Fiji to democratic rule.
     
    He has said elections will be held in March 2009, but critics say the handover must take place sooner.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.