FIJI COUP: Security Clampdown - Soldiers Join Speight - Indians Suffer - NZ - OTHER NEWS: Fire Deaths - How Many Fire Engines - Parachuting Hijacker Dies
FIJI COUP - SECURITY CLAMPDOWN: Chiefs smiling after last night's meeting. This morning Speight was still insisting on removal of the President. Last night Speight is reported to be drinking Kava and Grog. Today security was beefed up around Parliament with armed soldiers.
FIJI COUP - SOLDIERS JOIN SPEIGHT: Late this afternoon 15 soldiers joined George Speight. Reporter Steve Christiansen Live: The army troops around Parliament are clearly answering calls from the top. These soldiers who joined Speight are territorials not regular army. We have seen a clear increase in security around parliament. There is no suggestion that troops are moving their support to Speight. We do not know what proposals will be brought back tonight. At this stage it is a waiting game it's a deadlock with Speight holding 33 hostages.
FIJI COUP- INDIANS SUFFER: Some women were raped during riots and looting according to a Fijian Indian woman. A man says he may have to leave and will try to get his family out. Woman shows the way around her house and the smashed windows. The families do not blame all Fijians - especially those who hid them from the rioters.
FIJI COUP - NZ: Fiji has been warned by the PM that Fiji will soon suffer the same fate as South Africa if it adopts a discriminatory constitution. Rugby tours from Scotland and to New Zealand are now under threat. In Wellington a Fiji Democracy Support Group is holding its first meeting. Government warnings are already having an effect on tourist numbers.
FIRE DEATHS: Three deaths in house fires today. Dog shown mourning her eight puppies that also died. A 25-year-old man was found dead with his nine-month old baby. The house did have smoke alarms. In Havelock North a woman died in a house fire. There was no smoke alarm. The message is the same though the more smoke alarms you can have the better.
HOW MANY FIRE ENGINES? The relationship between the Fire Service Commission and the Firefighters Union is untenable says a Select Committee. 97 out of every 100 fires are false alarms. The fire service commission wants to dispatch only one appliance to each call out. The fire service says the plan is still a draft. MP Grant Gillon says one fire appliance is not enough.
PARACHUTING HIJACKER: A masked man hijacked a plane in the Phillipines and then parachuted out. The body of the armed robber was found on a hillside. His homemade parachute had failed.