17 Nov 2006

Fiji MP Datt to lodge complaint over effigy burning

4:57 pm on 17 November 2006

The most senior Labour Party minister in Fiji's multi-party cabinet, Krishna Datt, says he will file a complaint with the police about an incident in which his effigy was burnt and hate speeches made against him in his Nasinu constituency last night.

Mr Datt has told Radio Legend that hate speeches came from his fellow Labour Party MP's, Labour senators and supporters, and were in breach of the Public Order Act.

Mr Datt has described the actions as cowardly with no one wanting to take responsibility because they want to escape from the law.

He says he wants the commissioner of police to investigate what he says was intimidation of the highest order and an attempt to take his freedom to vote the way he wants on the 2007 Budget in parliament.

Mr Datt says he will also take the matter up with the Speaker of parliament because MPs were involved in the hate speeches.

He says he also has very strong supporters from the indigenous Fijian community and he has appealed to them not to react in any way to last night's incidents.

Mr Datt says he feels hurt because he was one of the people who established the Labour Party with the late Dr Timoci Bavadra in 1985.