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Police refuse permit for FTUC's Suva march

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, February 23, 2018

AN application made by the Fiji Trades Union Congress for a permit to hold a march through the streets of Suva this Saturday has been refused by the Fiji Police Force.

FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony said he received a letter yesterday afternoon informing the union that the permit had been denied because investigations were still ongoing over certain allegations made against him for comments he made during a march through Nadi Town, and at a rally on Saturday, January 13.

Mr Anthony said the decision had deliberately been made at the eleventh hour to discourage and frustrate workers' representatives and workers themselves who had made plans to participate in the march.

"I applied for the permit on December 20 last year and if police knew they were investigating me a month and a half ago, why did they wait until the eve of the march to deny workers their constitutional right to assemble and march to highlight issues concerning them," he said.

"I have not been charged nor have I been informed what the investigations are about.

"I am more concerned than disappointed. We are not going to sit back and accept this. We have to stand up — because the march was all about workers' rights."

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said no comments would be made on the issue.

"The decision and justifications to deny the request has been relayed to the applicant and we will not be making any further comments regarding the matter," he said.

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