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Manukau crowd gives thumbs up to coup leader Bainimarama and FijiFirst

The Fiji crowd in Manukau gives Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama a warm welcome in Manukau today. Image: Mads Anneberg/PMC mobile

Fijians living in New Zealand give Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama a warm welcome in Manukau today. Image: Mads Anneberg/PMC mobile

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Mads Anneberg in Manukau

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was treated to a warm welcome when speaking in Manukau in South Auckland today as part of the Fiji First campaign heading into next month’s general election.

The vast majority of the audience was positive towards the coup leader, cheering and clapping when he spoke of the changes he says his administration has brought about in Fiji since his military backed government seized control in 2006.

The news media were barred from asking questions, but a member of the public asked for assurance that there would not be another coup following the election.

“You vote me into Parliament and there will be no coup,” Bainimarama laughed.

APJlogo72_iconBefore the election meeting began, a group of Fiji pro-democracy protesters were escorted out of the Manukau Events Centre premises.

Bainimarama flew in from Fiji last night for the elections meeting today, attended by about 1000 people.

Mads Anneberg is a Danish journalist on the Inclusive Journalism Initiative (IJI) programme at AUT University and on the Asia-Pacific Journalism course.

A FijiFirst banner in Manukau today. Image: Mads Anneberg/PMC mobile

A FijiFirst banner in Manukau today. Image: Mads Anneberg/PMC mobile