Friday, November 11, 2011

Arrested Fijian unionist refuses to stand down

Australia Network News

Fiji's leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama. His government has been accused of targeting unionists. [ABC]
Dictator Bainimarama

A prominent Fijian trade union leader accused of sedition says the country's trade union movement will not give up its fight against the military government, despite recent arrests.

The Fiji Trades Union Congress president, Daniel Urai has been accused of inciting political violence to overthrow the government that came to power in a coup almost five years ago.

Mr Urai is currently on bail but is required to report to police daily and abide by a curfew.

Urai in court in Fiji
Felix Anthony
Another union leader, Felix Anthony, has now been released from custody but police say he may still face further questioning.

Mr Urai says the coup-installed military government is trying to intimidate it's opponents, but he says the union will stay strong.

"The trade union movement has been in existence since the birth of the people who are running this military government. The trade union movement will remain, government's will come and go," he told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program.

"We will have to fight, but those are part of the terms of being leaders in terms of looking after the interest of workers and of the people in general and in terms of their rights in this country."


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