06 December 2006

Pacific Not So Placid

First, about three weeks ago, Tonga errupted with massive pro-Democratic riots against the ruling monarchy.

Yesterday, there was a coup in Fiji, the fourth in 19 years, which takes place against a struggle for power between native Fijians and an economically important and large South Asian community. The coup was led by a self-proclaimed advocate for the rights of South Asian Fijians, as the native Fijian leadership (which has constitutional control over the Presidency and the equivalent of the Fijian House of Lords) was over reaching in his view.

Both are tiny island nations in the Pacific Ocean.

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