5 Nov 2002

Fiji Labour Party calls on ethnic Indians to continue struggle

11:22 am on 5 November 2002

The Fiji Labour Party has called on the country's ethnic Indians to continue with their struggle for equal political rights.

The Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, has told the Daily Post that Indo-Fijians have lived in the country for generations, Fiji is their home and they should continue to press for equal rights and bring about national unity.

Mr Chaudhry says race, ethnicity and religion should not be an issue, but what is important is working towards making Fiji a better place to live in.

He says the poverty level is rising, unemployment is growing, the sugar industry is on the verge of collapse and more social probelms are emerging.

Mr Chaudhry says these problems are not just faced by Indo-Fijians but all communities.