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The waves on Fijis shore roll to vacant crowds With political unrest embracing the capital Suva the nations tourism industry has reached a virtual standstill As in the 1987 Fijian coup this years has experienced downfall in the arrivals of tourists to the Fijian Islands as well as the South Pacific region with the threat of worse to come Although political turmoil is no stranger to the regions 13 island nations only twice in the post-colonial era has democracy come under threat on both occasions in Fiji Fiji stands out amongst the Pacific Island nations for having the largest population and the highest level of economic and social development It is therefore seen as an epicentre for the region Fiji consists of 330 islands of which the two largest are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu The capital is Suva on the south eastern coast of Viti Levu The other city is Lautoka situated on the north western coast of Viti Levu However through the eyes of the tourist to all the other islands in the region which means any effect on one can be seen as an effect on all After two military coups in 1987 the region was set for a time of economic prosperity as a result of the broadcasted publicity it had during intervals of the Americas Cup Campaign in late 1999 and early 2000 The overthrow of a democratically elected Government little over a year old and enforcing a racially based rule of law however has not amused the International Community and has affected the Tourism industry Coup leader George Speight and an armed gang claiming to be fighting for the rights of Fijis indigenous majority held dozens of hostages including deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and other members of his government As the stand-off in a sense has ended tourist operators across picturesque Fiji are wondering when theyll be out of work if
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