Wansolwara News

Vol. 5 No. 2
June 2000

FRIGHTENING, YET SO EXCITING!

HARRY AURERE, an exchange student from the University of Papua New Guinea, describes his "feel" of the Fiji coup.

BEING a student journalist, or at least a journalist, in the forefront of reporting the Fiji coup is an unforgettable experience.

Caught under gunfire is a different experience altogether and walking among rebels while the rest of the citizens are shut out is another.

I have had similar experiences back home Ñ not as a reporter, but being one of the renegades pitted against the administrators and being faced by the full force of the state.

So much panic, departing and warning taking place in the first few days after the coup was also a different experience for me. However, the situation wasnÕt that bad, yet people jumped out of their shells fleeing the trouble.

Most people think that fleeing a war zone or running away from trouble will get them out of problems. Trouble is everywhere and by fleeing it will only make matters worse.

I also have my own personal view on the matter. A nationalistic view.

We talk about democracy, yet I donÕt see the democracy people are talking about. I only see injustice and troubles.

Troubles in Africa, Asia, Europe and in the Pacific. Injustice has been done to indigenous people by colonial powers.

These troubles are I believe the result of Western introduced democracy. This democracy overlooks the roles and responsibilities of local leaders and their traditional norms and values. You let people do what they want and there is trouble.

Those people who talked about democracy are the ones who are gaining at the expense of the poor native citizens.

I also think the colonial powers are responsible for the current situation in Fiji. The British need to stop talking about democracy and look for solutions to what they have done to the people of Fiji and the poor Indians they brought from mainland India.

If the British are talking about democracy, can they clarify themselves whether the Indians were taken by freewill or by force of guns to Fiji?

However, I do not support the hostage-taking by George Speight and his men.

There are other better ways to sort out the problem.


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