"The arrest of nine Fijian opposition politicians, including party leaders and
two former prime ministers, once again exposes Fijian democracy’s fragility.
The intimidation doesn’t bode well for the parliamentary elections due next
year (or early 2023).
The political crisis has been overshadowed by Fiji’s COVID-19 crisis, which has
seen more than 25,000 infections and over 100 deaths since April. Prime
Minister Frank Bainimarama even used a COVID analogy when he called those
arrested “super-spreaders of lies”.
While no charges have been laid, the nine are accused of inciting unrest by
opposing a government bill to change the management of iTaukei (indigenous)
"As I discuss in my book Indigeneity: a politics of potential — Australia,
Fiji and New Zealand
, the issue is that Fiji is a fragile, reluctant and
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics