May 21, 1987 |
Army troops patrolled nearly deserted streets early today to prevent looting after ethnic clashes, while Fiji's governor general and the island nation's Great Council of Chiefs sought a way to end the governmental crisis in the wake of last week's military coup. More than 50 people were reported injured Wednesday when young Fijians attacked ethnic Indians at an outdoor prayer meeting in the first racial violence since the coup.
May 20, 1987 |
Riots broke out across the capital today with Fijian mobs attacking ethnic Indians, and the South Pacific island's governor general moved to form a caretaker government a day after a military coup collapsed. The violence followed the release late Tuesday of Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra and his Indian-dominated Cabinet, who had been held under house arrest since last Thursday, when Lt. Col. Sitivani Rabuka stormed the Parliament and announced the military was in control.
May 17, 1987 |
Military coup leader Sitivene Rabuka vowed Saturday to prevent Indians from ever assuming political power again in Fiji, and Indians shuttered their shops and gathered in crowds to protest the takeover. Lt. Col. Rabuka said earlier that he led the bloodless seizure on Thursday to stop fighting between ethnic Fijians and Indians after the April 11 election, which led for the first time to an Indian-dominated government.