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Military Seizes Power In Fiji

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posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 12:34 AM
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I'm not either but how strong could they be?




posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 12:37 AM
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Where is Fiji located, and do you know how big it is?



posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 12:43 AM
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Fiji is located in the South-Pacific, near Australia.

It is made of of many small islands, that altogether give
it a little over 7,000 sq. mi. of area.

[edit on 12/9/2006 by iori_komei]



posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 05:17 PM
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I wonder how strong the racial tension in Fiji is? Hopefully we wont be seeing any genocide, though the thought is rather outlandish, as there's nothing that suggests that they have the intention, even if there intentions are unclear. Just speculation.



posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 05:24 PM
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Originally posted by captain_danielsen
I wonder how strong the racial tension in Fiji is? Hopefully we wont be seeing any genocide, though the thought is rather outlandish, as there's nothing that suggests that they have the intention, even if there intentions are unclear. Just speculation.


Genocide, I doubt it, from what I've read, there seems to be
relatively equal amounts of the different ethnicalities, so gen-
ocide would be difficult for one group to pull off.



posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 08:36 PM
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what was wrong with the other pres?



posted on Dec, 11 2006 @ 02:16 PM
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CocaCola

What does "pres" mean?



posted on Dec, 11 2006 @ 02:32 PM
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Originally posted by 1Crisis
Where is Fiji located, and do you know how big it is?


Crisis,
hear is a little bit of information.



Fiji became independent in 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987, caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji, led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE.
world fact book

There is a lot of information on that site. Although it may not be up to date.



posted on Dec, 11 2006 @ 03:00 PM
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Originally posted by CallonMe
CocaCola

What does "pres" mean?


I believe he means President, though in actuality, it was
the Prime Minister, not the President that this general
person had a problem with.



posted on Dec, 11 2006 @ 03:20 PM
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Relax people, it's just coup season, that's all. Dead set, Fiji's averaged a coup about once every five years. It's funny, one of the former coup leaders ( a native Fijian) was on trial for treason(relating to a previous coup), as this coup was happening (he wan't convicted)

As to Lori's statement re: what's Amerika going to do; GET YOR HAND OFF IT!!
For a start Fiji is part of the Commonwealth of Great Britain (now suspended). Get this through your head. America is not the world's cop's!!! Who gives a stuff what they think about Fiji!! It's got nothing to do with them!!!



posted on Dec, 12 2006 @ 02:35 PM
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Average coup of five years?

Do you have information/links, or evidence to back that up?



posted on Dec, 12 2006 @ 04:09 PM
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Originally posted by fingapointa
As to Lori's statement re: what's Amerika going to do; GET YOR HAND OFF IT!!
For a start Fiji is part of the Commonwealth of Great Britain (now suspended). Get this through your head. America is not the world's cop's!!! Who gives a stuff what they think about Fiji!! It's got nothing to do with them!!!


You know I went through this thread, and I can't find anywhere
where anyone said anything that suggests that they think that
America should be involved.

In fact, the closes thing, and I figure this was pointed at me
anyway, was that i said I wonder if America has any plans, that
does'nt neccsitate physical action, it could be sanctions, or political
no-noing.

America is militarily and economicalyl the most powerful nation
on the planet, if we want to bring peace to a country that is in
the middle of an unneeded cop d'etat, than we will.


Oh, and my name is Iori.



posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 05:50 AM
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Originally posted by CallonMe
Average coup of five years?

Do you have information/links, or evidence to back that up?


Hear is some information to back that statment up.


In 1970, Fiji gained independence as a member of the Commonwealth with Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara as prime minister. In 1987, Col. Sitiveni Rabuka led two coups that wrested control of the racially divided nation's government from the ethnic Indians. Fiji was declared a republic and left the Commonwealth. In 1990 a new constitution granted nonurban native Fijians a disproportionate say in the government. Two years later Rabuka became prime minister, and in 1994 Mara was appointed president.

The constitution was amended in 1997 to give nonethnic Fijians a larger voice, and in May, 1999, Labor party leader Mahendra Chaudhry was the first ethnic Indian to become prime minister of Fiji, replacing Rabuka. A May, 2000, coup attempt led by Fijian businessman George Speight took Chaudhry hostage and demanded an end to Indian participation in Fijian politics; the crisis led the army to seek Mara's resignation and briefly take power. The army appointed (July, 2000) an ethnic Fijian–dominated government headed by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase; Ratu Josefa Iloilo became president. Speight, after releasing his hostages, demanded a strong influence in the new government but was arrested by the army, and his insurgency was quashed. In 2002 he pled guilty to treason and was sentenced to life in prison.

Infoplease



posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 02:36 PM
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Thanks for the info RedGolem.

I'm just curious though, who is the current president?

It says Rabuka became prime minister, and in 1994 Mara was appointed president.



posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 03:07 PM
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Originally posted by CallonMe
Thanks for the info RedGolem.

I'm just curious though, who is the current president?

It says Rabuka became prime minister, and in 1994 Mara was appointed president.


The current President is/was Ratu Josefa Iloilo.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 01:30 PM
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Thank you Iori_Komei.

Is he the one who started the coup in the first place?



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:52 PM
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America is militarily and economicalyl the most powerful nation
on the planet, if we want to bring peace to a country that is in
the middle of an unneeded cop d'etat, than we will.




The US militarily interfere with a Commonwealth Country? Thats never happened before and never will. The Queen would be most upset...

EDIT: Oh, it's Coup d'etat


Who said it was uneeded? You? The US? Many Fijians seem to support it, as it happens....

[edit on 14/12/06 by stumason]



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 04:30 PM
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Originally posted by CallonMe
Thank you Iori_Komei.

Is he the one who started the coup in the first place?




No, the person who has staged the coup d'etat is Commodore Frank Bainimarama.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 04:31 PM
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Originally posted by stumason
Who said it was uneeded? You? The US? Many Fijians seem to support it, as it happens....


The civilized world would agree, considering what the coup
was based on.



posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 05:38 PM
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Originally posted by iori_komei

The civilized world would agree, considering what the coup
was based on.


Indeed, coup's are never welcomed, look at Thailand, but that as well had broad support from the populace. After all, it's their country, so who's to say. The only reason the western world complains is because of the method, not the reasons.



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