FIJI PM WARNS PROTEST MARCHES COULD HARM COUNTRY'S INVESTMENT IMAGE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry says protest marches by some members of the community could harm the country's image as an investment site.

His comments followed an anti-government protest march on Friday by the opposition SVT party and the nationalist Taukei movement.

Protestors had called for the dissolution of the country's 11-month old government, over issues including policies on land, the constitution and race.

The Taukei Movement held a similar march the previous week in the western city of Lautoka.

Mr. Chaudhry said the protests could keep investors away and cause a loss of potential jobs, from which ordinary people would suffer most.

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