SOME members of the Fiji Labour Party were taken to the Lautoka Police Station yesterday after allegedly holding a meeting without a permit.
According to the Ministry of Information, the 14 FLP officials were allegedly conducting a meeting without a permit.
"While the Fijian Government respects the rights of citizens in this country to convene and hold meetings especially those of political nature, it is unfortunate that certain groups continue to disregard the laws of the country," said the Ministry of Information permanent secretary Ms Sharon Smith Johns in a statement.
"The Fiji Labour Party, one of the most informed political parties in the country, has chosen to hold a meeting without a permit. It begs the question; is the Fiji Labour Party doing this deliberately to draw attention to itself.
"We remind the FLP once again that they must operate within the laws of Fiji."
Meanwhile, FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the party is prepared to help the officials.
"If they happen to be charged then we are ready to defend them," he said.