25 Apr 2006

Fiji's military believes the violence in Solomon Islands will not happen in Fiji

11:11 am on 25 April 2006

Fiji's military believes that violent protests which resulted in the burning and looting of the Solomon Islands capital last week could also happen in Fiji.

A military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, has told the Fiji Sun that is why the army is telling the people to respect the law no matter which political party wins the general election next month.

Captain Leweni says that is why the military is also warning people about politicians who might come around after the elections trying to play on their feelings.

He says the military will work hard to ensure that what happened in the Solomons does not happen in Fiji.

Captain Leweni says the military is ready to take on any form of violent protest if there is a change of government.

He has called on people to learn from what happened during the 2000 crisis when indigenous Fijians were misled by failed politicians and businessmen into thinking that that the illegal overthrow of an elected government was for the indigenous cause.

Captain Leweni says the military is monitoring every development taking place and the strong words being used by politicians which could ignite trouble.