TAUKEI MOVEMENT PLEASED THAT MORE PROTEST MARCHES WILL BE PERMITTED IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 9, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's nationalist Taukei Movement has announced approval of Indo-Fijian Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry’s decision to lift a ban on protest march permits.

Last week, Fiji's Home Affairs Minister, Joji Uluinakauvadra, said indigenous Fijian groups would not be issued any more permits, for safety reasons, to hold anti-government protest marches.

Several thousand people marched through Suva two weeks ago to protest the policies of Chaudhry’s Indian-led government and calling for its ouster.

A spokesman for the indigenous Taukei movement, Apisai Tora, said marches are part of a campaign to legally oust the government.

"If the ban was not lifted it would have created a very serious situation in the country, in that we would not have any other avenue for expressing our concern, our criticism of the government in office.

"It probably would have led the movement underground, which could have produced some undesirable consequences," Tora said.

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