5 Oct 2015

Punished Nauru pensioner has no regrets

10:05 am on 5 October 2015

A pensioner on Nauru who had her fortnightly benefit stripped because she attended an anti-government protest says she has no regrets about her actions.

Crowds gather in Nauru

Crowds gather in Nauru Photo: supplied/ Shane Bazzi

64-year-old Rosavena Bop says she received a letter signed by the finance minister, David Adeang, last month saying she would no longer receive her payment because she attended protests outside parliament in June.

She says she was never arrested or charged for attending the protest, and the decision to cancel her pension came as a complete surprise.

Ms Bop says she will struggle without her pension, but has no regrets about supporting the MPs for her district of Meneng, who have been suspended from parliament for over a year.

"I went to the protest because we want our members to be back in parliament - the two members from Meneng plus the others. They've been out of parliament for over a year now. We need them to be back in parliament to have our say there."