6 Dec 2010

Four years after Fiji coup, march for rights mooted

2:42 pm on 6 December 2010

A Fiji democracy campaigner in Australia says it is time for people in Fiji to be brave enough to stand up for their rights.

A march is being planned for Friday in Suva, calling for the President to dissolve cabinet and appoint a new commander to the military.

It is not known who is organising the march and the spokesperson for the interim government has not received a request for a permit for the march.

The president of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, Usaia Waqatairewa, who is based in Sydney, says he doesn't want to see bloodshed, but he does endorse the march.

"People should learn to be outspoken and stand up for their rights. If there's a free media and word does get out to people to march, it's comfort in numbers. If they know they're going to be safe, they will go out there and march. But basically, the people in Fiji have had enough and they are suffering in silence. What are we doing here, are we living in North Korea."

Usaia Waqatairewa says a march in Sydney yesterday, timed to coincide with today's 4th anniversary of the 2006 coup, attracted about 60 people.