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SUVA: Tension is brewing at the University of the South Pacific campus
between indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian students after an Indian
student and a security guard were manhandled by the president of USP
Students Association on Friday night, reports the Sunday Sun.
Tensions intensified [during May] when the Fijian Students Association
(USPFSA) staged a protest against Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor
Rajesh Chandra's nomination by the university's select committee as
Vice-Chancellor ahead of Fijian economist Savenaca Siwatibau.
Esekia Solofa, a Samoan, currently holds the post that would be left
vacant at the end of his term early next year.
According to a reliable source, the president of the USPSA, Veresi
Bainivualiku was also in the select committee as a student
Bainivualiku was alleged to have disclosed confidential information
about the selection criteria and later instigated the protest.
The Indian Students Association (USPISA) has disassociated itself from
the protest, saying that the banner Bainivualiku used included all
university student affiliates and that he had acted unethically in using
the USPSA emblem in the act.
The Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff has urged
the university to immediately expel Bainivualiku because of his role in
the protest and his assault on staff and students on campus.
The association urged the university to carry out police investigations
into his role in the disturbances on campus.
Title -- 2911 FIJI: USP student president accused of assault
Date -- 20 August 2000
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pasifik Nius
Source -- PN/Sunday Sun, 20/8/00
Copyright -- PN/Sunday Sun
Status -- Unabridged
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