On 25 May the Fiji sun published an article titled “HERE COMES THE YOUNG”. It announced the arrival of Roshika Deo, a young politician with a new vision – a champion of human rights and an avowed feminist.
She’s made the effort to learn iTaukei language and was joined by a young iTaukei student from USP who shared her vision for a genuinely race-free Fiji, not the empty rhetoric spouted by Bainimarama since 2006 (but not in 2000 when it counted).
Somewhere between 25th May and 27th may someone in the regime control room decided that Roshika was a threat and her volunteer’s scholarship was cancelled. Did someone actually read what she’s been saying and whisper in the ear of the PM?
She’s championing the things the regime says it stands for but it’s clear that she rejects the regime’s credentials. She’s on the side of real democracy, unrestricted freedom of speech, respecting human rights and encouraging free debate.
She has supported the United Front for Democratic Fiji group and called for mass peaceful protests to condemn the deficiencies in the 2013 constitution. Bainimarama did not let anyone participate in the drafting of the constitution and now he’s behaving like a dictator when anyone voices dissent.
The question is: can the regime learn from its mistakes? Can it at last realise that it will lose votes through persecuting people like Roshika Deo?