28 Mar 2008

Fiji's ousted opposition leader blasts support for China's Tibet policy

4:14 pm on 28 March 2008

Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says it's outrageous that Fiji should officially support the Chinese government's crackdown on riots in Tibet.

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, last week told the Chinese government he supports their using force to control Tibetans calling for independence.

Mr Beddoes says this is a breach of human rights, and Fiji's interim administration should say so.

"The have conducted themselves in a similar fashion, since December 6 here in Fiji, so it's not surprising, that they would be quick to support it, and I find it outrageous that nations, such as Fiji, would even contemplate supporting the kind of force that China is unleashing on the innocent people of Tibet."

Mick Beddoes says the interim administration is acting as an obliged recipient of aid and loans from the Chinese government.