23 Sep 2016

Dialogue Fiji calls off sugar meeting over permit restrictions

From , 3:04 pm on 23 September 2016

The non-government organisation, Dialogue Fiji, has now called off a planned meeting to discuss the state of the country's sugar industry.

It announced plans yesterday for a meeting next Wednesday after a first attempt to hold one two weeks ago was shut down by police.

That meeting was stopped because Dialogue Fiji didn't have a permit for it.

It subsequently got a permit for a meeting but executive director Nilesh Lal says the organisation has decided that the conditions posed too much of a threat to the  participants.

He says the permit required discussion that was not inciteful, provocative or defamatory.

Sugar cane trucks in Fiji's western division.

Sugar cane trucks in Fiji's western division. Photo: RNZ / Alex Perrottet