25 Feb 2003

Fiji MP says government succumbing to threats over roadblock

5:32 pm on 25 February 2003

A Fiji Labour party MP says the government is succumbing to threats by paying compensation to a group of landowners to lift a roadblock in Nabitu.

Lekh Ram Vyashnoi, who's the Labour MP for the rural area in Sigatoka, says despite the landowners agreeing to lift the roadblock today, his constituents have told him that it's still in place.

Mr Vyashnoi says while he's hopeful the road will soon be free to travel on, Indian farmers have suffered for four years and now taxpayers will have to pay out 14,000 U.S. dollars.

"This government very quickly succumbs to pressure from any force because their entire survival, their political survival, depends on pleasing those people who come up with communal politics to fulfil whatever their demands are...so this government is a slave to this kind of threat"

Mr Vyashnoi says the compensation payment is expected to be handed over by the end of this week.