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Fijians protest in US

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FORMER Fiji residents in America protested outside a community hall on Friday last week where Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama was being hosted to dinner.

The former residents held banners and placards which read "Free Fiji" and "Stop the Violence in Fiji".

But according to the organiser of the dinner, the protesters were misguided.

Local paper the Sanata Rosa Press Democrat quoted Ben Nawagauou who organised the dinner saying that Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama was there to spend time with the people.

"Those people (protesters) don't know what they're talking about.

"They don't know anything about him."

When informed of the protest and asked for a comment yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said he was not aware of the incident.

The minister said he had just arrived in Korea and was not aware of any protest in Finley, Santa Rosa in California.

Organiser and head of a group calling themselves the Fiji Democratic Movement Vilisi Nadaku, yesterday said they had wanted to meet and discuss issues with Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama.

Mr Nadaku said they were disappointed after being disallowed to talk to him.

"It was more like a private meeting but the Fijian community here had wanted to take the opportunity to iron out issues with the Prime Minister regarding the election process which is still vague to us," he said.

"We had also wanted to talk to him about the Election Decree and why the Auditor General's report has not been released for a long time now.

"We are really disappointed that they did not allow us to attend the event."

Attempts to get a response from the Prime Minister were unsuccessful as he is currently out of the country.

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