Heavy Police presence at Parliament

The Mulinuu area is under heavy Police surveillance with dozens of members of the force stationed outside the Parliament House. 

Several Police vehicles were stationed in Mulinuu as of 7 am. 

A member of Police on Good Morning Samoa programme appealed to the public for peace and to work together for safe country. 

The senior officer said the Ministry is independent and will carry out their work according to the law. 

However in Mulinuu Police are fencing off Parliament with more than 50 officers conducting surveillance and in uniform. 

Chairs that had been stationed outside parliament premise for the opening ceremony have been removed.

Doors to the Parliament remain closed and a few supporters of the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party gathered near the courthouse. 

The F.A.S.T. party last night snubbed a call from outgoing Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Faafisi to postpone the state opening. 

But Leaupepe in a notice issued last night ignored a Supreme Court order for Parliament to convene on the last day required under the constitution to do so. 

Members of the media are on standby at Mulinuu.

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