The numbers were small but a worthy show of protest today outside government house in Suva.
The peaceful protest was led by the coalition for democracy, UFDF, which delivered its petition to the President's aide at Government House.
The regime's 2013 Constitution is due to be formally promulgated by Epeli Nailatikau today at 3.30pm.
Fourteen protestors, including the chair of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, Priscilla Singh, and a number of other pro-democracy supporters, have been detained by police at Toorak.
All UFDF leaders are outside CID in Toorak, waiting for word from inside. The detainees have lawyers with them.
Update at 2.45pm: These lawyers negotiated the release of the protestors today and deserve to be mentioned:
Munro Leys' Richard Naidu, Patricia Naisara team, Siwatibau & Sloan's Mary Muir & Peter Katia; Ravi Singh & Ramen Singh.
PICTURES: YOUTH FOR DEMOCRACY AND RON LAL
|Lawyer Richard Naidu negotiating release|
|Photo after being released|
The Fiji Women's Right's Movement released this statement after the protest:
Urgent Alert – Fiji citizens in police custody over silent protest
SUVA: At around 11.15 this morning six Fiji Women’s Rights Movement staff, including our Board Vice-President, staff from the Pacific Centre for Peace-building and approximately six other Fiji citizens were taken into custody by the police outside the President’s (Government) House.
They are currently at the Criminal Investigation Department in Toorak, Suva and as of 11.40am have been formally arrested and have had their phone seized – charge yet to be confirmed to the citizens in custody.
They were part of a group of citizens silently protesting against the Constitution, which the Fiji President is due to sign this morning.
After refusing to put down protest banners, they were taken into custody and transported to Toorak.
We will keep updating as news comes to hand.
Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
|Forecefully removing protestors and their banners|
|In the crowd|