Fijileaks Guest Opinion Columnist
IN 1987 COUPS AIYAZ SAYED KHAIYUM WAS TO INDO-FIJIANS WHAT GEORGE SPEIGHT AND ILlESA DUVULOCO WERE TO FIJIANS IN 2000
He should ask his own party general-secretary Aiyaz Khaiyum if he can really prevent it from happening.
Suva had been burned under Bainimarama's watch as army chief during the Speight coup
The Bomb-Maker of 10 Bakshi Street
On 14 May 1987 Rabuka and his racist henchmen (including two present Bainimarama/Khaiyum regime Cabinet Ministers Ratu Inoke Kubuaobla and Filipe Bole) had turned the lives of Indo-Fijians upside down; to be precise, the coup happened 108 years to the day when their Indian indentured labourer ancestors had arrived in Fiji on 14 May 1879. The young Khaiyum was then a trainee television producer at the Kerry Packer Channel Nine-owned Television Fiji office on Gordon Street.
During the early stages of the coup, the Indo-Fijian opponents of the coup needed a 'coalition of the willing', to borrow a political phrase used to describe collective participants who came together to topple dictator Saddam Hussein. Khaiyum came forward and took charge of making homemade bombs, from his garden shed at Bakshi Street in Suva. The Mango Chutney Professor Satendra Nandan, now all over the pages of Fiji Sun lauding the regime on Indo-Fijian rights, was one of many who had run away to Australia on his release from Parliament. He was the Minister of Health and Social Welfare on the month long Bavadra Government.
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