|Fiji||CATHOLIC CHURCH CONDEMNS COUP|
The Catholic Church in Fiji has strongly condemned the overthrow of Fiji's elected government.
The messsage from the Archbishop of Suva has been read out in services yesterday.
The Archbishop of Suva, Petera Mataca, says Fiji has been shocked, shaken and frightened.
He said the Catholic Church strongly condemns the overthrow at gunpoint of the democratically-elected Government and the holding of hostages of the Prime Minister and MPs.
The archbishop's message also attacks the destruction, burning and looting of Indian property.
In the message read out in Suva's cathedral, Archbishop Mataca expressed shame at the looting by Fijian families.
"I am ashamed to be known as a Fiji islander," he said.
|29 May 00|