10 Jun 2009

Fiji regime critic says emergency regulations signal lack of confidence

1:54 pm on 10 June 2009

A political and union leader in Fiji says the extension of the public emergency regulations in Fiji shows the interim regime is not confident it has control of the country.

Yesterday, the government said it was extending the regulations until July the 10th because of the security situation.

But the general secretary of the National Federation Party, Pramod Rae, says there is no real security threat to justify the regulations and instead, the regime is using them as an instrument of oppression.

"The regime here is still afraid of its control and that it perceives some kinds of threats to its control and so it continues to retain these restrictions. What it tells the world is that the regime is not confident of its control and second, it is not in a position to argue its case with critics."

Pramod Rae, who is also the general secretary of the Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union