Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Take Coup for What It Means to Those in Fiji

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Take Coup for What It Means to Those in Fiji

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Byline: JOHN DOBSON

THERE is a strong perception that all is not well in the state of Fiji.

This small Pacific island nation has had a series of coups, culminating in Commodore Frank Bainimarama seizing power in a military coup.

The tension escalated last week with the mutual expulsion of representatives between Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

This tension did not just arise, and did not start with Bainimarama, but has a history that goes back to colonial times when the British imported significant numbers of Indian people as workers.

The difficulty now is two separate groups trying to live together in the one land.

It is almost a parallel, although not so violent, as the Israelis and the Palestinians trying to live harmoniously in the one land of Palestine.

It's worth noting that both of these situations came from international powers.

One of the main objections from the US, Australia and New Zealand is that Bainimarama has destroyed the democratic process with his coup, and therefore cannot be regarded as legitimate government. …

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