Central buai sellers fight off Highlanders

A group of frustrated buai sellers, bullied by aggressive Highlanders, fought back over the Easter weekend.

On Monday a fight broke out at Agevairua between a PMV truck from Mekeo and buai buyers who tried to forcefully board the PMV and take out buai bags.

Central police commander Laimo Asi says the Highlanders wanted to force the locals to sell their buai at a discounted price rather than go to the market and sell.

However, the villagers outnumbered the sellers and fought them off.

Police was fast to respond and managed to calm the situation before things got out of hand.

However, Asi says fights like this are a common occurrence around the area.

He also appealed to relevant authorities to at least try and manage the situation, admitting that his police personnel are also outnumbered and at times, cannot efficiently attend to such cases.

(Loop file pic)

Julianna Waeda