8 Nov 2013

Women's group in Fiji says arrested protesters have spoken to lawyers

4:45 pm on 8 November 2013

A group of arrested protesters are being held in Fiji's capital, after gathering to silently protest against the budget.

The Fiji Womens Rights Movement say the group of mostly women and young people have had access to lawyers.

The Executive Director, Virisila Buadromo, says she fears the group could be held over the weekend, although they did nothing illegal.

Since the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations in January 2012, members of the public are allowed to gather in a public place without a permit.

Ms Buadromo says the group members were wearing t-shirts demanding more accountability from the government, after the budget announcement.

"It was a peaceful quiet group gathering, they weren't actually chanting, it was because they were all wearing the same t-shirt and the t-shirts had statements on it."

Virisila Buadromo.