7 Aug 2007

Fiji nurses arrested for protesting outside cabinet office

3:34 pm on 7 August 2007

About 14 striking nurses in Fiji led by their union general secretary Kuini Lutua have been arrested by police and soldiers for protesting outside the cabinet office in Suva.

The nurses arrived outside the venue where the cabinet was meeting and held up placards when police and soldiers rounded them up and told them to board a police bus.

Earlier in the day, the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama had warned that Mrs Lutua had been misleading her members by saying that such protests were legal.

Commodore Bainimarama said anyone assembling in protest would be breaching the Public Order Act and would be arrested by the police.

The nurses have been on strike for a second week in a bid to have their pay cuts reversed.

The interim administration has ruled out giving in to the strikers' demands.