Fiji raid over anti-regime Facebook posts

Last updated 13:47 31/12/2012

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A Fiji democracy advocate who posted on Facebook that "living in a military dictatorship sucks" was raided before dawn today by police demanding he delete his public postings.

Pita Waqavonovono told Stuff that three uniformed police officers visited him at his home at 4am and told him to take down his anti-regime Facebook messages.

He said police had also done the same last week with Rajesh Chaudhry, son of a deposed prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Since a coup in 2006, Fiji has lived under military rule.

"This is type of behaviour we have to put up with," Waqavonovono said.

He thought the police reaction to Facebook was irrational.

In a posting to his Facebook followers Waqavonovono said the police this morning also accused him of leading an exodus of people out of Suva for New Year's. They asked him what he was planning.

Waqavonovono had previously posted a message that he was going to another town to celebrate the New Year.

"At the end of that conversation, I refused to change anything, requested a warrant, told them to go away, and come back with proper papers and preferably at Godly hours!" he said.

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