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Thursday, 2 November, 2000, 11:44 GMT
In pictures: Fiji hostage drama
Supporters of nationalist rebel leader George Speight stormed Fiji's parliament building on 19 May demanding that ethnic Indians be stripped of political power. They took hostage Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and members of his cabinet.


Fijian soldier
Ten days after the coup, martial law was declared. Soldiers patrolled the capital Suva as talks with the rebels continued

Soldiers defect to George Speight
Fifteen soldiers and two of their officers defected to the rebels. George Speight built up a strong private army.

George Speight signs peace accord
On 9 June, George Speight signed a deal scrapping Fiji's multi-racial constitution and granting amnesty to the rebels

George Speight and the car that was fired on
Three days later, Mr Speight's car was sprayed with gunfire. The army denied soldiers were ordered to kill him

Rebels attacks car with stick
In Suva, the rebels attacked the property of ethnic Indians

Parliament member Lavinia Padarath, one of four hostages released on 25 June attends a vigil for the remaining hostages.
Four woman MPs were released on 25 June and held a vigil for the remaining hostages.

Fijian parliament member Deo Narain is embraced by his wife Santosh at their home in Suva. A neighbour looks on
On Wednesday, another nine hostages were set free. Parliamentarian Deo Narain was welcomed home by his wife Santosh

Deposed prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry arrives home on 13 July
Deposed prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry returned home on 13 July. He said he had no hard feelings towards George Speight

Armed rebels continue to guard the parliament in Suva
After the hostages were released, rebels continued to guard the parliament in Suva

George Speight
George Speight was arrested on 26 July, charged with treason. He could face the death penalty



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