2 Jun 2006

Protest march in Fiji over Da Vinci Code movie

7:11 am on 2 June 2006

Authorities in Fiji have given the Methodist Church a permit to stage a protest march against the movie, The Da Vinci Code, through the streets of Suva today.

The general secretary of the Methodist Church, the Rev Ame Tugawe, says the decision to screen the movie is insensitive to the contribution of Christianity to Fiji.

The commissioner central, Inoke Devo, says he issued the permit after consulting the police commissioner, Andrew Hughes.

The protestors plan to present a petition to the prime minister after the march.

The Fiji march comes after Samoa and Solomon Islands banned the movie and there are calls in Kiribati to stop the movie entering the country.