Police assures SODELPA its meetings on private properties will not be stopped in future

Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka during an interview with The Fiji Times. Picture: ATU RASEA

Fijian Police have assured the Social Democratic Liberal Party that its meetings on private properties will not be stopped in the future.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro attributed the actions of Rakiraki police to “misunderstanding and miscommunication”.

“The party executives have been informed and assured that it won’t happen again,” she said.

“It was an issue of misunderstanding and miscommunication.”

SODELPA members who were in Rakiraki recently were dispersed by police while trying to congregate at a private residence.

The members included SODELPA president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, party leader Sitiveni Rabuka, vice-president George Shiu Raj, assistant general secretary Lenaitasi Duru and member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro.

Mr Rabuka had said earlier they adhered to the directives from police and stopped the meeting.

“I would encourage the police to look evenly at what’s going on in the country while they take their responsibility about holding orderly meetings,” said Mr Rabuka.

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