7 Sep 2013

Fiji's new constitution made for military - protestors

4:22 am on 7 September 2013

The organiser of a protest in Wellington against Fiji's new constitution says the document was made for the military government, and not the Fijian people.

Fiji's President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, gave his assent to the constitution on Friday, enshrining the document as the country's supreme law.

But Sia Lealea says the constitution is a farce, and the government should have stuck with a draft prepared by an independent constitution commission, which the regime threw out earlier this year.

"They know exactly why they are doing it, they didn't like what the public wanted in the Ghai draft, the importance of fundamental rights and all those provisions in the Ghai draft which they didn't like, and of course that's why they chucked it away."

Sia Lealea says he and the 15 other protesters who turned up on Friday wanted to protest because people in Fiji are unable to do so.