CITIZENS OPENLY PROTEST
AGAINST REGIME MINING
People in Namosi have openly protested against the regime's plans to open a mine in the area.
Namosi Joint Venture (NJV) project people held a"consultation" with the villagers in the area on 14 December 2011 regarding the mining project on their land. The landowners are worried about the potential environmental effects and the loss of mataqali (landowning unit )lands.
These photograph and reports about opposition to the mining project have been censored in the Fiji media.
These people who openly protested were a cross section of society as seen in the photos and included men, women and children. Under the regime's draconian and illegal law, the Public Emergency Regulation (PER) all forms of protest are banned and illegal. This show of opposition and open defiance has come about at great risk to the personal safety of these people in Namosi.
Will the regime round up the men, women and children involved in this protest and charge them? We will keep you up dated!
We commend the brave men, women and children in Namosi for standing up for what is right and voicing their concerns against the regime.