Desecration of Hindu Temple Prompts Calls for Peace and Tolerance

August 17, 2004

Source: Fiji Times

On August 17, 2004 the Fiji Times reported, "The National Council for Reconciliation and Unity backs the fight against religious and cultural intolerance. Deputy chairperson Hari Singh said the council supported the stand taken by police, who this week said it would not tolerate hate speeches and activities undermining stability and leading to the breakdown of law and order. 'All of us should co-operate to discourage all acts likely to incite hatred, cultural intolerance and unwise challenge to lawful authority,' he said. Mr. Singh said they were worried after the desecration of a Hindu temple at Labasa last Tuesday. He said this continued to work against the efforts of communities working together to bring peace."