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Fiji Police Watch 'Sedition' Group

SUVA: Fiji police are closely monitoring a group of known people who are working towards destabilising the coalition Government, the Fiji Sun reports.

Assistant Home Affairs Minister Gaffar Ahmed said yesterday that the Government had identified those holding secret talks in and around the capital, Suva, and would make arrests as soon as their actions were confirmed.

"We know who these people are. This is a small group, who are moving around looking for support," Ahmed said.

"Police know of such anti-Government meetings and they are closely monitoring the movements of those involved."

The Fiji Sun had reported on Saturday that a group of around 50 pro-Fijian supporters had met in Tovata to discuss plans to destabilise Government.

Ahmed said the police knew about Saturday's meeting.

According to reliable sources, destabilisation operations are due to start anytime now, before the next sitting of Parliament.

The meeting heard that "burning and bombing" were to be used in the destabilisation plan.

The source said that a member of Parliament was referred to many times during the meeting, as the main person behind such anti-Government moves.

Police public relations officer Inspector Sera Bernard said the police were "aware of such meetings" and have an idea of those involved.

"We are monitoring these meetings and will take action if there is a breach of the law," Inspector Bernard said.

A Fijian Association Party MP, Dr Isimeli Cokanasiga, said that his party would not condone and support moves by Fijians to destabilise the Government.

"I am disturbed by moves to destabilise the Government. As the biggest Fijian party in the Labour Government, we represent the interests of Fijians," he said.

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