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Carnival Opening Draws Big Crowd

Carnival Opening Draws Big Crowd
Some of the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival contestants during the march through Labasa Town yesterday. Photo: Peni Drauna
June 21
11:31 2015

The people of the North flooded Labasa Town yesterday, not only to catch a glimpse of the 26 contestants competing in the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival, but to watch the opening of the week-long carnival.

It started with a march through town led by the Fiji Police Band.

Labasa/Savusavu special administrator Vijay Chand opened the carnival after the procession ended at Subrail Park.

He said the carnival had become an annual highlight in the North.

“The organisers have left a legacy which has many features and some of their successful projects stand as testimony,” Mr Chand said.

He said through the carnival, 1050 crime prevention committees were formed in 2012 throughout the division. This year they aimed to improve crime prevention by engaging members of the public.

“Financial proceeds will be diverted towards the community at large in terms of preventing crimes.

“Recently the nation has noticed a surge in serious offenses like sexual offence, theft, assault and even robbery with violence. The question to all of us is who is responsible to address some of these challenges because I believe Police cannot do this job alone.”

He urged the public to report criminal activities.

“We are expecting new changes in Fiji. A new Constitution is in place and you all have a say in the new flag being designed. Equally we can anticipate a change, a new society and a new Fiji.”

The carnival ends on Saturday.




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