7 Aug 2014

Fiji politician claims police surveillance

8:33 am on 7 August 2014

An aspiring independent election candidate in Fiji, Roshika Deo, says police intimidation and surveillance are affecting her campaign.

She says police are monitoring her whereabouts, attending and filming her community meetings, talking to attendees afterwards and hassling her volunteers.

Ms Deo says this puts potential supporters off coming to her meetings and talking freely.

It's left her more wary about giving advance notice of gatherings.

"A policeman in civilian clothes came and sat in a meeting with a group of women and I wasn't aware he wasn't from the community but the women were, so initially they were talking but as soon as he came he started recording quite evidently and the women stopped talking and interacting so that also affected our interaction with the women. It wasn't a safe space anymore."

Ms Deo says she has questioned police about the surveillance and they tell her it is under orders from Suva.

Fiji police have so far not responded to a request for comment on Ms Deo's claims.