THE Fiji Times reported, on Sunday, August 12, 2007, the torture that awaited Fiji Women's Rights Movement executive director, Virisila Buadromo on Christmas eve 2006 when she was taken to the army camp by a group of soldiers to be questioned over her anti-military comments following the 5 December 2006 coup, is something she never thought would happen in Fiji.
REMEMBER that Bainimarama carried out his illegal coup in 2006 to save himself from being arrested and from going to prison for his crimes that include:
treason for ordering his CRW soldiers into parliament in May 2000,
illegally removing from office the Commander in Chief of the Fiji military and President of Fiji, Ratu Sir KKT Mara,
murder of the CRW soldiers,
sedition for ordering his Senior military officers, in 2003, to plan the removal of the Qarase Government,
Ms Buadromo claims to have been kicked, punched, stamped on and was even made to lick the boots of soldiers. Sources also reveal that Fiji’s coward “dictator” Frank Bainimarama was present and took part in the beating of women that shameful night. The coward military commander also jumped up and down on the back of a pregnant woman, killing her unborn child, said the source.
In an interview on the Australian SBS television program Dateline, Ms Buadromo vividly recalled the night of her life she will never forget.
But her claims, according to military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni [the former military band master who was quickly promoted to a Major due his ability to speak better English than his commander Frank Bainimarama] are just that, claims!
"If people like Virisila think or believe they were mistreated they should raise it with the relevant authorities," Major Leweni said, without offering any further comment yesterday. Leweni intentionally omitted that fact that the “relevant authorities” were also taking part in the assaults of citizens!
Ms Buadromo's experience of military brutality is not an isolated one.
Many similar horrific stories have been told by those who were alleged to have been tortured by soldiers.
Fiji Times reports Ms Buadromo's account of her detention at the military's Nabua camp as told on Dateline during an interview with reporter Bronwyn Adcock back in 2007.
Human rights worker, Virisila Buadromo knew she was in trouble when she heard herself named on radio by Commodore Bainimarama.
Virisila: He specifically named myself as well as one of my board members, as people who were not helping Fiji get back on the straight and narrow.
Just before midnight last Christmas Eve (24 December, 2006), Virisila was taken from her home by the military.
She had run an advertisement giving out Bainimarama's mobile phone number and urging opponent's of the coup to text him. She was taken into the barracks.
VIRISILA BUADROMO: They kept on asking me in Fijian, who did I think I was, you know, putting out the Commander's mobile number, publicising his mobile number, do you realise what you have done.
While questioning me they had a gun which they uncocked and cocked and they put it to my head and just saying, you know what we could do with this.
Virisila was then made to lay face down in the rain, along with six other pro-democracy activists.
VIRISILA BUADROMO: That's when they started to physically abuse us. One of the things which I thought was quite strange, they asked all the females, "are you pregnant?" I was like no, and I was wondering what that was about.
I remember Laisa saying yes and then immediately they just, with their boots stamped on your back, on your lower back. So they did it to all three females.
REPORTER: Did they do it to the woman who said she was pregnant.
VIRISILA BUADROMO: Yeah, they did it to all of us, I thought if she said yes, they wouldn't, but they did.
I didn't think they would but they still did it and that's when they started really physically assaulting us, smacking, boxing your ears, so to speak, smacking up your ears, hitting your face with their boots, kicking you in the ribs and they made us lick their boots, do really degrading things like that.
Then they started to threaten our families.
They knew all these details about our families and they basically said things like "You know we could kill you now, put a bullet through all your heads, put you in a drum and throw you out of the wharf of or down at the Suva harbour, no-one would know and no-one would miss you".
VIRISILA BUADROMO: Before, I would never have thought twice about putting out a statement. I never would have thought about putting out a statement, gotta say something, whereas now, following what happened to me, I am very aware of not the repercussions on me but my staff being threatened and another of my colleagues has been threatened recently.
We have to be careful about these things. We are operating in an environment of fear, you never know.
Now the dictator Frank Bainimarama isgoing around the country in his blue pathetic bus bribing and fooling the innocent and less educated people of Fiji into voting for him, so that he can remain in power and continue to steal Fiji’s wealth for himself and his corrupt group of family and friends! While the rest of Fiji suffers:
All this nasty and evil events, according to New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key and his Foreign Minister Murray McCully, is all part of holding Free and Fair democratic elections in Fiji – Yeah Right!