Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Protest in Auckland over Fiji regime

News Talk ZB News - 07 September 2011

By Nicola Grigg

Protestors outside Auckland's SkyCity (Nicola Grigg)

There's a heavy police presence in central Auckland as demonstrators protest against Fiji's military rule.
Around 100 Fijians have gathered outside the SkyCity Grand Hotel to protest the regime, led by self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.
The protest coincides with the Pacific Island Forum, and they're hoping with all the eyes of the world on New Zealand for Rugby World Cup 2011 that their voices will be heard.
They're saying Fiji is under a dictatorship and they want their country back.
One protestor, who didn't want to give his name for fear of reprisals against his family back in Fiji, broke down in tears.
"My family is in Fiji, they're suffering, they're oppressed," he says. "I'm lucky enough to be in a country with freedom of speech, where the people elect their own Government."
About 60 police officers are at the protest, which is being described as peaceful.


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