Update: 1:18PM A GROUP of people who displayed placards outside the Government House today in a bid to protest against the Presidential assent of the 2013 Constitution have been arrested.
The group consisting mainly of youths who were protesting together with some of Fiji's major political party leaders, trade unionists and civil society organisations were arrested by police as they had no permit to do so.
Speaking to this newspaper police chief operations office ACP Rusiate Tudravu said the arrest was a normal process to try and advice that the group has to follow the rule of the law.
"We will interview them and should there be any breach of law, then we will have to follow the normal process," ACP Tudravu said.
He said under the amendment decree, any gathering should have a permit in a public place.
"If you do not do it we have to step in. It's just a proactive measure from our side.
"There were no permits, they (group) have been taken to CID headquarters," he said.
The general secretary of the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions Attar Singh said the protesters are opposing the assent process of the Constitution.
"We had a very good rally at the FTA hall yesterday and decided that we should now present a petition to the President to say that the position is incorrect and we are asking for a revised process for Constitution making and a way ahead towards elections," he said.
Mr Singh said the protest was a peaceful assembly and people had the right to tell the world of what was happening.
Police investigations are continuing.