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Monday, 29 May, 2000, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Fiji martial law declaration
Fiji's martial law declaration, issued by Military chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Approximately at 1800 hours tonight, Monday 29 May 2000, I have with much reluctance assumed executive authority of the country and henceforth declared martial law.

The country in the meantime will be run by a military government.

The primary objective of this government is to take the country towards peace and stability and well-being of Fiji and its people in the earliest possible opportunity.

The following measures will be put into place immediately:

  • Suva will be placed under curfew with effect from 1800 hours Monday 29 May 2000.
  • This curfew remains in force for 24 hours and will be managed daily.
  • The RFMF [Royal Fiji Military Forces] reserve the right to use force in enforcing this curfew.
  • All movement to the parliamentary complex will be limited to essential services only.
  • All members of the RFMF reserves will be marched into QEB [Queen Elizabeth Barracks] for the purposes of being deployed to support RFMF's efforts.

    I would ask that we as a nation show respect towards and uphold the rule of law.

    I'm confident in the capacity and the resolve of our peoples to resolve the current crisis and work towards a secure future for our beloved nation.

    Thank you, and God bless Fiji.

    Carried on Fiji Village website.

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