Coup : reflections on the political crisis in Fiji / editors, Brij V. Lal ; Michael Pretes

"May 19, 2000. Fiji's democratically elected multiracial government is hijacked by a group of armed gunmen led by George Speight, and held hostage for fifty days. Suva, the capital, is torched and looted as Speight's supporters gather on the lawns of the parliamentary complex, dancing, cooking food, celebrating the purported abrogation of the constitution that brought the People's Coalition government to power. The country is plunged into darkness yet again, enduring the pain of three coups in a period of just thirteen years. The process of healing and reconciliation, symbolised by the enactment of a new Constitution, unanimously approved by Parliament and blessed by the powerful Great Council of Chiefs, lies discarded, as winds of ethnic chauvinism sweep through the countryside, damaging the fragile fabric of multiculturalism that was carefully constructed by so many over many years. The economy is on the brink of collapse, investor confidence has vanished, and the best and the brightest are seeking succour on other shores. Fiji falls victim, yet again, to the prejudice and greed of a section of its people. This book gathers together a handful of memoirs of those tragic events in Fiji."--Publisher's description.

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Persons: Lal, Brij V. [Other]; Pretes, Michael [Other]
Format: eBook
Language note:English
Publication:Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2008
Subjects:POLITICAL SCIENCE ; World ; Australian & Oceanian
Politics and government
Government - Asia
Government - Non-U.S
Law, Politics & Government
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences
Type of content:Electronic books
Related resources:Erscheint auch als Druck-Ausgabe: ISBN 9781921536366
Notes:Includes bibliographical references
Physical description:1 Online-Ressource (x, 186 pages)
ISBN:978-1-921536-37-3 : electronic bk.
1-921536-37-3 : electronic bk.