The Fiji Police Force is reminding Fijians not to allow their emotions cloud their judgement when making comments on the proposed iTaukei Land Trust (Budget Amendment) Bill 2021.
We are concerned about the increasing number of hate speech and threats of unrest being made on social media.
We acknowledge that land is a sensitive subject for many Fijians, however we reiterate that freedom of speech and expression comes with responsibilities and people need to be cautious about comments that are aimed at inciting civil unrest as it will be investigated.
We plead with Fijians to allow the process of the tabling of the Bill to be carried out.
There are also legal channels to be followed if one wishes to have their grievances addressed as threats of violence will only result in arrest.
We are already facing a difficult and challenging period in battling COVID-19 and any move to gather in numbers will aggravate current efforts.