Well the (unlawful and not unexpected) coup has finally happened in Fiji. The fourth in twenty years and quite possibly not the last.
I was there for a few days in September, and it’s a beautiful country. I want to return for longer next time in the not too distant future. It’s a country very heavily dependent on tourists and foreign aid from countries like New Zealand & Australia. I was very aware that the resort I was staying at was not the reality for the majority of the population. I would have liked to visit Suva where all the events are unfolding but we we several hours away. I seriously doubt the tourists there at the moment are in much danger for the same reason. And the airport is at Nadi so you don’t go to the capital to leave the country.
There isn’t a right answer on this one. For once it’s not about the election of Indian-majority governments… probably as it’s unlikely there’ll be one of those again. I agree that a government shouldn’t be overthrown when it is lawfully elected, but there is a lot of frustration over its actions – such as laws regarding land ownership & commodity price increases, as well as condoning the actions of those who took part in the 2000 coup.
I’ll definitely be glued to reading the news websites every hour or so over the next few days!