(TibetanReview.net, Nov24, 2014) – The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) in Suva put up a Free Tibet poster on their gates in support of Tibet’s independence as Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a three-day state visit to the country beginning Nov 21, reported fijitimes.com Nov 23.
The report cited FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali as saying that since the Chinese president was in the country, they wanted their poster to remind people of the plight of the Tibetan people.
“He’s in the country and putting it up there brings attention of the people of Fiji to the plight of others; and the fact that we have such friendly relations with China, a country that is guilty of huge human rights violations in the countries that they occupy,” Ms Ali was quoted as saying.
“We believe that it is a time to bring notice that Fijians should get involved in other global and independence movements, not supporting human rights violation. We are supporting the independence of Tibet from China.”
Underlining her group’s consistent support for Tibet’s independence, Ali has further said, “We have friendly relations with countries – that diplomacy is there – but please, Government should also remind them of the human rights violations that they commit and not so wholeheartedly take on these countries and ignore the atrocities that they commit on other people.”
China’s official Xinhua news agency said Nov 23 that Xi injected a further 70 million yuan (US$ 11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji, bringing the total to about US$ 25.5 million in grant and aid.
And the AFP Nov 23 said Xi held talks with Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and seven other island nation leaders who form the nucleus of a 12-nation Pacific voting bloc in the United Nations. These seven island nations were Samoa, Vanuatu, Niue, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, and Papua New Guinea.