29 Aug 2003

Fiji Labour Party says religious intolerance create atmosphere of distrust

3:36 pm on 29 August 2003

The Fiji Labour Party says calls to make the country a Christian state are creating an atmosphere of suspicion and distrust and worsening race relations.

The party's assistant secretary-general, Lekh Ram Vyashnoi, says it's high time the authorities demonstrate their responsibility to uphold the constitutional provision guaranteeing the right of citzens to freedom of religion.

The comment follows an attack on a Hindu temple in Nasinu outside Suva two days ago the tenth such incident at the same site.

Mr Vyashnoi says the attack is another act of sacrilege against a Hindu place of worship and is symptomatic of the rising trend of violence and insult against the Indian community since the coup attempts.