FRA grants FTUC permit

WHILE the Fiji Trades Union Congress continues to wait for a permit from police for a march planned for April 7, the Fiji Roads Authority has granted approval for the event.

However, the FRA said there were conditions.

In response to queries from this newspaper, the FRA issued a statement last week outlining the route of the march and the conditions attached to the permit.

“We have already approved their permit to march on Saturday, 7th April,” FRA said.

“The route of the event will start from Rodwell Rd (Suva Flea Market), Scott St, Thomson St, Victoria Parade and end at Ratu Sukuna Park.

“This program will make use of the carriageway only.

“The participants must stay within the lane and must ensure the movement of oncoming traffic in the opposing direction is not interfered with.”

The FRA added that the event organiser — FTUC national secretary Felix Anthony — had to ensure the conditions of the march were followed for the duration of the event.

“The event organiser is responsible to ensure the procession remains walking at all times and no static (standing still) activity by the participants is allowed.

“The FRA has no objection to this public procession, however, they will need to meet the requirements just like everyone else.”

Meanwhile, Mr Anthony said he had not received a permit from police despite submitting an application a few weeks ago.

Police spokesperson Jokatama Qio said the permit application was with the Divisional Police Commander South when contacted for comments over the weekend.

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