Former opposition leader says Fiji becoming a 'police state'

Former opposition leader says Fiji becoming a 'police state'

Former opposition leader says Fiji becoming a 'police state'

Posted 29 February 2008, 18:14 AEST

Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says the pacific nation is moving closer to being a police state.

Mr Beddoes was reacting to Cabinet's decision to reactivate the Fiji Intelligence Service.

He has told the Fiji Sun newspaper, it is telling that Mahendra Chaudhry, who stopped the FIS while prime minister in 2000, now supports moves to re-establish the Fiji Intelligence Service.

Mr Beddoes says the FIS will invade peoples' privacy and intrude on innocent people in the name of intelligence gathering.

He says the current Interim Administration doesn't have funds to maintain services in heath, housing, water supply and road maintenance, yet it wants to set up a spy network to use against its own people.

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