SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 29) – Five Fiji pro-democracy activists have been stopped from leaving the country.

The Fiji military handed a directive to the Immigration Department on December 28 identifying the names of the people it wants banned.

The group was taken up to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Suva on Christmas Eve and made to run back to their homes in heavy rain early Christmas morning.

They have alleged being rough handled by soldiers at the camp and warned not to speak out against the military regime.

The Fiji military has denied claims by the group.

In a press conference earlier this week, Army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said that those opposing the military will be "treated accordingly".

The activists include Fiji Women's Rights Movement director Virisila Buadromo, businessman Imraz Iqbal, businesswoman Laisa Digitaki, Pita Waqavonovono and Jacqueline Koroi.

Buadromo's partner, Arshad Daud, is reported to be also in the black list.

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