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Fiji Soldiers Mutiny On Second Island

The army base on Fiji’s second main island has been taken over by soldiers loyal to rebel leader George Speight after a mutiny in the camp was backed by over 80 men.

Following is a transcript of a story from Fiji’s online website www.fijilive.com

Military base takeover

The army camp at Vaturekuka, Labasa has been taken over by rebel soldiers.

Details from Vaturekuka, located on Fiji's second largest island of Vanua Levu, are sketchy.

However, reports say that Captain Pauliasi Rokoului, who was heading the military base in the northern island, has been displaced by Lt. Rupeni Vosayaco.

A staunch supporter of the move and former information minister in the SVT Government, Ratu Josefa Dimuri, says Lt.

Vosayaco has the support of several chiefs and the people of Macuata. Ratu Josefa says that about 95 per cent of the soldiers in Labasa support Speight.

The military has declined to comment on the takeover until they get full details of the incident.

Spokesman Filipo Tarakinikini says they are still trying to contact ousted officer Captain Rokoului.

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