14 Jul 2011

Fiji's Adi Ateca Ganilau defiant despite dumping

3:11 pm on 14 July 2011

A prominent Fiji leader, Adi Ateca Ganilau, says she will continue speaking out against the interim regime, despite being dumped as the head of Lau's Provincial Council.

Fiji's interim regime says she was replaced because comments she made at a council meeting showed she didn't want to work with the Government.

But Adi Ateca says she told the meeting that people shouldn't allow themselves to be coerced into agreeing with the regime's so-called people's charter.

"Because government was going around trying to coerce people to lend their support, and if not, they were not going to get any development aid, which I thought was wrong. And I said that any government of the day, whether it is an elected government or a government that comes in by force, it's their responsibility to provide services to the people."

Adi Ateca Ganilau says she still has a seat on the council, having been voted in by the people of Lakeba, and she will continue speaking her mind.