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In pictures: Fiji coup

Fiji's military commander Frank Bainimarama announces he has taken control of the country.

After months of uneasy anticipation, Fiji's military commander Frank Bainimarama announced that he had taken control of the country, dismissing the elected government.

Soldiers man a roadblock before the announcement of the coup.

Before the announcement, soldiers poured into the streets setting up roadblocks.

A soldier stands guard outside government buildings before Fiji's military head announced it had toppled the government.

A number of them went to stand guard outside government buildings.

Fijian soldiers erect roadblocks around the home of Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Then they moved on to cut off access to the home of the ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Fijian soldiers remove the Government cars from the home of Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase

The soldiers removed Mr Qarase's government car...

Fijian soldiers secure the entrance to the home of Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

... before securing the residence and confining Mr Qarase to house arrest.

Deposed Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase (L) greets a supporter at a Kave ceremony after the coup.

Mr Qarase was greeting supporters at a traditional ceremony at his home. He says he will retire from politics.

A prayer group sing a song as Fijian military soldiers erect roadblocks around the home of Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase

A group of people gathered outside Mr Qarase's residence, singing songs of prayer as coup measures were being enforced.

A woman wipes away tears as people gather to pray outside the prime minister's residence.

Some tried to fight back their tears - after all this is Fiji's fourth coup in two decades.

A Fijian soldier's hand blocks the camera as a truckload of around 30 soldiers arrived and cleared a large group of journalists and onlookers in front of residence of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase

The new authorities were keen to restrict media coverage of their actions which is certain to provoke widespread international condemnation.






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