Drunken brawls not linked to extended night-club hours
There’s no co-relation between nightclub hours and drunken disorderly behavior in the streets. That’s the confirmation from Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in parliament saying night-clubs provide a controlled environment for people who would otherwise resort to unregulated supply of alcohol. “Black markets were flourishing. People, when clubs would close, would go and drink under the coconut tree near the sea wall – under some cassava patch – completely uncontrolled. Fights would break out and police had no ability to go and monitor each specific area.” Responding to questions from the Opposition, Sayed-Khaiyum says police and night-club operators have traced that recent incidents of people being drunk on the streets, brawls and other misdemeanors are linked to black markets. The minister adds that Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi was a notorious area. A few years ago, the government introduced special economic zones in Suva and Nadi where night-clubs could open from 5pm to 5am. Source: FBC News
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Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa will lead the next phase of SODELPA constituency visits commencing Monday July 13th covering Tailevu, Tailevu North, Ra, Ba, Yasawa, Nadroga and Serua.
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa will lead the next phase of SODELPA constituency visits commencing Monday July 13th covering Tailevu, Tailevu North, Ra, Ba, Yasawa, Nadroga and Serua in the next phase of the party’s Fiji wide constituency visits.
Opposition’s Principal Administrative Officer Mick Beddoes said in a brief statement that the constituency visit on this occasion will take 5 days and 4 nights, covering 55 meetings with 4 teams of Members of Parliament and support staff.
Beddoes said the response from the meetings held so far have been very encouraging and provide a clear indicator that SODELPA is on the right path of re-engaging with constituents. The people are becoming more vocal, and more aware of the government’s real conduct and attitude towards Fiji’s new democracy.
The four teams and the schedule of meetings are as follows:
Ahead of SODELPA’s planned constituency meetings in Tailevu, Tailevu North, Ra, Ba, Yasawa, Nadroga and Serua, 16 Chiefs of Ra who are signatories to the Sovereign Christian State of Ra [Matanitu Vanua] have been rounded up by Police and are being held at the Lautoka Police Station pending a Court appearance at 9am tomorrow.
SODELPA Leader Ro Teimumu said in a brief statement this afternoon that this was an unfortunate development; however, she confirmed that Lautoka Lawyer Aman Singh was on his way to meet with the Chiefs and provide legal representation.
Ro Teimumu said that some of the Chiefs have been assisting in the preparations of the SODELPA constituency visit to Ra and she was concerned that they may be targeted for the support they have rendered.
Ro Teimumu said that information at this time was limited; however she said her staff was in communication with the group and she would comment further when and if there were further developments.
Ro Teimumu Kepa