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Expatriate says Fijians abroad fear prosecution

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 2, 2011) – A member of the Fiji community living in New Zealand says a low turnout at a protest oustide the High Commission in Wellington on Friday reflects people’s fear of persecution.

About 60 members of unions and Amnesty International joined the Council of Trade Unions-sponsored protest against the interim government but less than a handful of expatriate Fiji citizens attended.

Elisapeti Samununu Waqanivalu says despite the risks she has to speak out but many others are too scared.

"They’re scared to be identified, they’re scared to be intimidated, or their families, that’s the reason why they’re not here. And we love the Kiwis, we love all of those that are feeling the same pain we are feeling. And for those back home, we love them. And we’re doing this for the love of our homeland."

A member of the Fiji community in New Zealand, Elisapeti Samununu Waqanivalu.

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