Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We should not welcome a dictator

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has been acting like a dictator again, shutting down meetings, arresting opposition leaders, and suspending opposition MPs from parliament for pretend offences. So naturally, John Key isn't just going to let him into New Zealand, but give him a state welcome too:

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will likely receive a state welcome when he visits New Zealand for the All Blacks test.

Talk of the abrasive leader's visit has been circling for months and on Tuesday Key confirmed it was "highly likely" he would come for the Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park on October 22.

Fijian media reported he would leave later this week to make an official visit to Australia, where he is opening a symposium in Sydney, and then go on to New Zealand where he would make a speech in Auckland.

Fuck that. Bainimarama is a dictator and he should not be welcome in New Zealand. Our government should not grovel to foreign authoritarian bullies.