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Fiji police try to stop Constitution protest

September 11, 2013

The Fiji spirit is still strong.

The numbers were small but a worthy show of protest today outside government house in Suva.

The peaceful protest was led by the coalition for democracy, UFDF, which delivered its petition to the President’s aide at Government House.

The regime’s 2013 Constitution is due to be formally promulgated by Epeli Nailatikau today at 3.30pm.

Fourteen protestors, including the chair of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Priscilla Singh, and anumber of other pro-democracy supporters, have been detained by police at Toorak.

All UFDF leaders are outside CID in Toorak, waiting for word from inside. The detainees have lawyers with them.

Update at 2.45pm: These lawyers negotiated the release of the protestors today and deserve to be mentioned:
Munro Leys’ Richard Naidu, Patricia Naisara team, Siwatibau & Sloan’s Mary Muir & Peter Katia; Ravi Singh & Ramen Singh. 

PICTURES: YOUTH FOR DEMOCRACY AND RON LAL

Lawyer Richard Naidu negotiating release
Photo after being released

 

 

Source – Coupfourpointfive; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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