Coup in Fiji

The Fijian Army has removed the Prime Minister and government in a coup. The tensions between the army and government stem from a government plan to give an amnesty to leaders of an ethnic Fijian coup attempt in 2000, that the army helped to stop and plans to reserve particular land for ethnic Fijians. The army feared such moves would destabilise racial tensions on the island (50% Fijian, 44% Indian) and in a recent election on these issues the vote split on racial lines. During the dispute the ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, had tried and failed to remove the coup leader, Cmdr Frank Bainimarama, as head of the army. The coup has been roundly condemned.

  • Droch_Bhuachaill

    According to the Guardian, “The long-anticipated coup reached its climax when soldiers turned up at the prime minister’s residence and took away his car keys.”

    Feck it if a coup is that easy i’m off to Dublin to pickpocket Bertie 🙂

    On a more serious note, I had the pleasure of visiting Fiji earlier this year, and to see such ethnic tensions in such a beautiful part of the world is so sad. Lets hope it doesn’t turn violent.

  • jim

    Anything to do with Fiji’s colonial past?

  • Greenflag

    ‘Anything to do with Fiji’s colonial past? ‘

    It has indeed . The Indian population of Fiji were originally ‘imported ‘ by the British in order to do the basic work for which the native Fijians at the time displayed no affinity being more given to head hunting etc etc . Over a couple of centuries due to greater life expectancy and survival rates and lower infant mortality the ‘Indian’ ethnic group has managed to become almost half the population . The ‘indigenous ‘ Fijians resent the ‘Indian’ economic and social success to such an extent that the Army ( the top brass is predominatly of Fijian aboriginal descent) do not want the Indians to also win political control .

    Lessons for Northern Ireland ?

    Not unless Paisley and his ilk are planning a coup d’etat and a UDI . Speed the day to see such ethnic tensions

    ‘in such a beautiful part of the world is so sad. Lets hope it doesn’t turn violent. ‘

    Well if it does they can always try that other fashionable Colonial era ‘solution’ – Partition -which is now being mooted as a possible solution for Iraq . Some even suggest it could be asolution for another basket case political entity not a hundred miles to the north from Dublin ?

  • wecanbanulsterman

    Greenflag

    you just had to sneak it in ddidn’t you 😉

  • jihad jack

    Partition has been more than mentioned in the case of Iraq. It is Israel’s preferred solution. The Fijian officer did announce his intention of overthrowing the government in advance os what is the problem? It is like Indonesia where the Chinese get upset when the locals decide to massacre them. Maybe if they were not so greedy and showed even a modicum of respect to those thye bleed dry, they would not be so hated.
    Glad to see Fiji gettting its spoke in here. I wonder what Sean and Setanta OhAilpin think.

  • David

    Fiji is the only other country in the world to have adopted a compulsory all party “power sharing” coalition into its constitution, Northern Ireland style. It did this in 1998 (or thereabouts) and has had two coups since.

  • Donnacha

    I love the irony of Fiji’s coup. Frank Bainimarama won plaudits left, right and centre for opposing the 2000 coup and making sure the Royal Fiji Defence Force stayed out of it as well. WHen the duly elected govenrment later decides to offer an amnesty to some of the 2000 coup plotters, what does Frank do? Stages a coup….you couldn’t make this stuff up. Nice and peaceful so far though, even though Qarase has gone beggin to Australia for military intervention. However, since the US is not involved in Fiji, neither will Johnny Howard….

  • canthelpit

    I Can’t help myself so here goes. I would be realy interested to here some more from Greenflag on Repartition..more please

  • canthelpit

    here hear whatever

  • Harry Flashman

    Jihad Jack:-

    “It is like Indonesia where the Chinese get upset when the locals decide to massacre them. Maybe if they were not so greedy and showed even a modicum of respect to those thye bleed dry, they would not be so hated.”

    That’s an attempt at irony right? I mean you don’t seriously blame the Chinese for the hatred that SOME Indonesians display towards them, do you?

    The Chinese Indonesians have been an integral part of the Indonesian archipelago since records began, if they are more successful at business than their fellow countrymen then whose fault is that? Your post sounds like one of those lumpen German Jew haters whining about them damn sneaky Jews, money lenders and crooks the lot of them, they should all be killed.

    The only disrespect I have seen vis a vis Chinese Indonesians and the “pribumi” Indonesians has all been one way, usually some dead beat Jakarta corner boys, mooching cigarette money calling out hateful, racist abuse at Chinese schoolkids going to their studies or businessmen going about their business, if some Chinese Indonesians get a rather jaded opinion of their fellow citizens as a result, well can you blame them?

  • Rory

    A small community divided into two cultural camps, one with a slight numerical dominance and intent on using that dominance to the disadvantage of the minority grouping. The army steps in and insists on a level playing field and the majority group don’t like it.

    Have we been there before?

  • Greenflag

    ‘you just had to sneak it in ddidn’t you 😉 ‘

    It seemed appropriate 🙂
    David’s point about compulsory power sharing followed by two coups indicates that beyond the SAA lies a future of even greater political instability and uncertainty for the failed 6 county NI ‘entity’

    Can’thelpit

    ‘I would be realy interested to here some more from Greenflag on Repartition..more please ‘

    Sorry -can’t help you . I’m too busy waiting to see how much I can expect from Briqan Cowan’s billion euro’s tax giveaway in today’s Budget 🙂

    Some might accuse me of aping the examples of Chinese Indonesians, pre war German Jews or Fijian’s of Indian descent or French Huguenot refugees etc etc etc and to this charge I can only answer .

    ‘Guilty as charged yer honour 🙂

    Yiz can have Gordon’s professional financial performance in his smoke and mirrors show for NI but I prefer Brian Cowan’s ‘reality’ 🙂

    Have a Happy Budget 🙂

  • George

    Greenflag,
    sorry to pick you up on this. I don’t normally get so pedantic but it’s doing my head in over the last week. It’s Cowen…

    P.S. And a happy budget to you too. No change in stamp duty please – steady as she goes while we are in choppy waters.

  • Greenflag

    ‘Maybe if they were not so greedy and showed even a modicum of respect to those thye bleed dry, they would not be so hated. ‘

    The Jews in pre World War Germany reputedly the Germans ‘dry’ or so was the conventional wisdom at the time – The Nazis bled the Jews drier and exterminated millions . The Israelis presently bleed the Palestinians dry .
    One question .

    Who will the Palestinians bleed dry ?

    The ‘bleeding’ always stops when there is nothing left to bleed . Present day Northern Ireland could be a case in point ?

  • Greenflag

    George ,

    Ok Cowen . Cowan’s the same name anyway . When names were anglicised the spelling was not always consistant:)

    Cows , bulls and calves – cattle one and all .
    I expect a steady as she goes with a bit extra for those who need it . An election winner I should hope but not too much not too little just enough 🙂

  • abucs

    The car-key revolution. There is something quite sane about that.

    Saw pictures of the army taking the guns away from the police. The army went in with sub machine guns and came out with world war 2 muskets. I’d have given up the muskets too. :o)

  • Martyr Mahmoud

    The Israelis got a fortune from Germany to set up their and maintain state. Natives do have rights, not just the right to die.

    I see Swinger Fulton got life today. I guess his baser needs will be taken care inside.

  • Secur O’Crat

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6164265.stm

    It lok like Fiji are hiring, ministers. But not the Ravenhell looney sort. It is probably worth applying for if you are a po faced, rugby loving under achiever.