Fiji women's march cancelled over violence fears
Fiji police say they have cancelled an anti-violence march because if it goes ahead tonight there was a "significant security risk".
The police do not define the risk that the annual "Reclaim the Night March" posed, but the police are under growing criticism over a video released this week showing the brutal beating of recaptured prisoners by unidentified men.
The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre had planned the march to mark International Women's Day today.
"The march is about claiming spaces for women and girls, in particular around the issue of sexual assault and the violation of their rights, so where is the threat?" said centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali.
The police say the march can take place some other time.
"Recent information received by the police indicates that there are threats to public order and the march may represent a significant security risk both for the wider public and those involved," police said in a statement.
In another statement Fiji police have rejected international calls for an independent investigation into the beatings of the recaptured prisoners.
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