Home » Uncategorized » They have a rogue government that changes every five years with a new coup. So sometimes it’s very hard to be in Fiji, but we do it.” – Fiji Water Owner

They have a rogue government that changes every five years with a new coup. So sometimes it’s very hard to be in Fiji, but we do it.” – Fiji Water Owner

Full Story  http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/fiji-water-junta-david-roth

Owner Lynda Resnick has said that “they don’t have any guns there, but they still manage to have these coups all the time. They have a rogue government that changes every five years with a new coup. So sometimes it’s very hard to be in Fiji, but we do it.”

Yet even as the US government has maintained sanctions that include restricting military aid to the government, Fiji Water has done the opposite: It has hired a company with close military ties to provide security for its facilities around the island. The Fiji Times reported in 2008 that the directors of the private security firm, Homelink, were two former Fijian military officers and two current officers “on special assignment.” One of them is Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga, who in 2008 said that “the company is supported by the RFMF [Royal Fiji Military Forces] and this relationship will be maintained throughout the life of the company.” Colonel Kurusiga also serves in the government as deputy secretary of Fijian affairs. In that capacity he’s helped write new regulations whose early drafts propose that women in rural areas “must not wear pants or tie their hair,” according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. (When I got Homelink’s national manager on the phone, he refused to answer questions unless I came to Fiji to ask them in person. “Then I will show you what we are, all the papers and everything,” he assured me.)

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