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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his entourage greet members of the public at Subrail Park before th Fiji Day parade. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THE crowd cheered and clapped as national leaders arrived at Subrail Park for the 48th independence day celebration yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was accompanied by his wife Mary as they walked through the crowd meeting and greeting people of different ages and ethnicity. The President, Jioji Konrote, also wowed the crowd as he greeted them with a wave.

Security officials had to close the gates at Subrail Park as overcrowding became an issue with 10,000 people already seated for the celebration.

Some opted for nearby rooftops just to get a close glimpse of the military parade and their traditional guard of honour for independence day.

North divisional police commander Senior Superintendent of Police Eparama Waqa also thanked the public for creating a safe and enjoyable national public holiday.

“We received no major reports of crime and we thank everyone who joined the celebration for keeping it safe for all,” he said.

“The huge turnout for the celebration and having no mishaps during the celebration means that everyone played a major role in this.

“It’s encouraging and we hope that we continue to achieve such results.”

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