7 Nov 2011

Fiji Trade Union leader's sedition charge politically motivated - New Zealand MP

4:21 pm on 7 November 2011

The New Zealand Labour Party's foreign affairs spokesperson says the charge brought against a trade union leader in Fiji is indicative of the kind of oppression that is happening under the Bainimarama regime.

Daniel Urai has been charged with sedition for allegedly urging political violence to overthrow the interim government.

Mr Urai was detained by police after returning from a series of meetings in Australia during which plans for a campaign to discourage workers taking holidays in Fiji were developed.

Maryan Street says the timing of his arrest was not surprising.

"Bainimarama will brook no opposition of any sort and anybody who tries to engage international pressure on Fiji is seen as a traitor and we should be speaking out about it."

New Zealand Labour Party's foreign affairs spokesperson Maryan Street, who says she is also concerned for Felix Anthony, another trade union leader who was detained by police late last week.