FIJIANS AGAIN BLOCK ROAD OVER INDO-FIJIAN LAND USE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 7) - A group of indigenous
landowners in Fiji has again blocked off the access road to a rural settlement
of mostly Indo-Fijian families.

Villagers from Lauwaki village near Lautoka have erected a
chained gate on the road and are charging families one dollar in cash, each time
they cross the barrier.

The road serves about 80 families, one primary school, a temple
and a tourist attraction known as the Garden of Eden.

An earlier roadblock in the same place last year resulted in
demands of US$32,000 in compensation and US$350 from residents for using the
road.

That roadblock was lifted after negotiations between the
government and the Native Lands Trust Board. But since then no progress has been
made by the government to acquire the land.

May 8, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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