Australia's Democracy Movement is citing the military blow-out as a major example of why the self-appointed Bainimarama government cannot continue to run Fiji.
In an email promoting the Save Fiji Movement march at Sukuna Park in Suva next Friday, the Sydney-based group says the military will have busted its annual budget by $700,000,000 if it's allowed to continue until 2014.
Quoting the work of Dr Nadan Warsey of the University of the South Pacific, it says his calculations reveal the huge cost the country is paying for military rule.
"That is $700 million for unproductive periodically coup conducting soldiers. Which means $700 million less for education, health, social welfare, poverty alleviation, and national infrastructure development – not to mention the enormous damage done to the national economy."
Two protest marches are now planned in the next two weeks for people to rally against the self-appointed government of Bainimarama.
The first is in Sydney and planned for this Sunday (December 5) to co-incide with the fourth anniversary of Bainimarama's December 6 coup.
The second is scheduled for next Friday (December 10), noon at Sukuna Park in Suva.
The email from FDFM urges people to spread the news about the marches and to attend: "....Come let us all march together in Suva on Friday, 10th of December. Remember the regime do not have the resources to arrest and detail 10 or 20 thousand people."