Fiji Labour Party Tells Government To Stop Policing Meetings

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Recent meeting approved only if police civilian personnel present

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 21, 2012) –The Fiji Labour Party (FLP) is calling on police to stop policing political parties and non-government organizations consultation meetings.

FLP said their second constitutional meeting was approved on the conditions of having a police civilian present during the meeting and this should cease.

FLP also said there should be a free environment for discussions and expressions of views by the people and the future role of the military should be thoroughly dealt with in the constitutional exercise.

However, Director Police Operations SSP Rusiate Tudravu told FijiLive FLP should advise them if they don’t want any police officers at their meeting.

"They should not worry about police presence, if they are true in what they say then they should just discuss issues in their agenda unless they have an ulterior motive," said SSP Tudravu.

"If police is a hindrance to what they do, then they should inform the Commissioner," he said.

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