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Speight of Violence

Inside Fiji's 2000 Coup
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Speight of Violence: Inside Fiji's 2000 Coup by Michael Field (Journalist specialising in Pacific region in politics)
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Tracks the latest Fiji coup from Chaudhry's election through to the eventual conviction and death sentence passed on George Speight. On 19 May 2000 Speight led 7 armed men into the Fiji Parliament and kidnapped Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his government. The hostages were held for 56 days, during which the Fiji Military declared martial law and took over Fiji. Speight said he was acting for indigenous Fijians against Indian domination. This is an intimate account by three authors closely involved in the coup. Includes publication of letters between hostages and their families, and extracts from Tupeni Baba's secret diary giving graphic descriptions of what happened inside Parliament. The book also looks at earlier Rabuka coups and examines the way "coup culture" is now a part of the political scene in Fiji.

Author Biography

Michael Field is a veteran Pacific correspondent; has written several books including MAU; has Listener and RadioNZ slots & media contacts. Dr Tupeni Baba was deputy prime minister in the Chaudhry government and a hostage. He now works in Education at University of Auckland Una Baba is an academic and has researched the coup from women?s point of view.
Release date NZ
May 11th, 2005
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Illustrated edition
black & white illustrations
Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd
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