Fiji Indian politician targeted as election is stalled

March 16th, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Suva (Fiji), Mar.16 (ANI): A pro-democracy Fiji Indian politician Attar Singh had rocks thrown at his house and cars at the weekend.
According to a New Zealand Press Association report, politically motivated attacks are on the rise in Fiji, with several high-profile individuals falling victim to vandalism in the past month.
Singh is one of several people, including a lawyer, journalist, newspaper editor and trade unionist, to be subjected to violence and intimidation in Fiji recently after speaking out against the country’’s military regime.
The men had openly criticized Fiji’’s self-appointed leader Frank Bainimarama for his failure to hold elections and return the country to democracy following the December 2006 coup.
Bainimarama has stalled on elections, saying he wishes to change the voting system to make it fairer for the country’’s minority Indian Fijian population before going to the polls.
Singh, who heads the Movement for Democracy, had said he supported an election deadline imposed by the Pacific Islands Forum.
Bainimarama last week labelled him a busy body and said his organisation was a waste of breath.
Singh told local journalists he believed the attack was politically motivated and linked to earlier acts.
Fijian police have refused to comment on why prominent Fijians are being targeted.
Fiji’’s political parties met with Bainimarama on Friday to start discussions about a new electoral system, the timing of elections and other reforms. (ANI)

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