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FijiFirst Supporter’s Car Hit

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Christina Prasad, a staff member of one of the shops which were broken into. Behind her is a damaged video camera. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu
September 11
11:46 2014

A private vehicle belonging to the director of Shahabud Dean Transport, Zane Dean was vandalised on Tuesday night.

It is understood that his Toyota Landcruiser was targeted after the company put up stickers supporting FijiFirst candidate Faiyaz Koya on three of its buses.

Painted on the vehicle with white spray paint was: “FREEDOM, VOTE CITY, SODELPA RULES”. An increase in such incidents has been noted throughout the country.

An employee of the company yesterday confirmed that Mr Dean had parked his vehicle at his residence in Lautoka on Tuesday night.

The following morning, the family was greeted with the sight of their vandalised vehicle. SODELPA media volunteer Anasa Vocea said the party was not aware of any such cases.

“What vandalism? We are not aware of any vandalism,” he said.

FijiFirst has also lodged a complaint with the Police regarding its banners being slashed and torn off from designated areas along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

Movement general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said such actions were signs of desperation of political parties such as the National Federation Party and the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

“This is most disappointing that supporters of NFP and SODELPA have chosen this path. The entire process of democracy is allowing people to go to elections without fear or favour. This is also a sign of desperation on their part.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that their supporters have been urged not to follow the lead of these political parties. He said that their supporters were people with integrity and dignity.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has also urged Police and FICAC to look into this matter expeditiously.

Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald said it was time that communities realised that Police would take harsh steps if any complaint is lodged against political intolerance.

“We will take them to court immediately without differentiation and I would plea to the communities at this stage to keep away from this political intolerance. Let the democratic process run through and then they can make their noises,” Mr Groenewald said.

Nine cases of alleged vandalism has been forwarded to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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