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The community's anticipated march at Sukuna Park today was cancelled at the last minute with Fiji's police commissioner claiming it was for the safety of the group.
The march was to commemorate International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
According to Fiji Village the police revoked the permit with Ioane Naivalurua admitting he asked for it to be reviewed after taking into consideration the safety of those that wanted to march.
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The organizers of the march, Oceania Pride, are reported to have said they were advised about the decision by the police but were also told a directive had come from the Ministry of Defense to cancel the march.
No mention was made about threats or even complaints to justify Naivalurua's decision.
Earlier today the Fiji Sun quoted two participants as saying they were looking forward to the march: “A lot of people look at us differently and some say they do not understand my lifestyle at all. We are human beings and we need to be treated equally.”
FBC news is quoting the Police Director Operations SSP Rusiate Tudravu as saying the organisers of the march can always re apply.
“I just want to confirm that we have revoked the permit of the march that was supposed to be held this afternoon at downtown Suva.
"This is just due to some miscommunication. The Police was not fully furnished with the information that was supposed to be given. We have reviewed it today and the Divisional Police Commander Southern has issued the letter of the revocation to the organising committee so I just want to confirm that.”