Today in History May coup 1987
On the morning of 14 May, around 10am, a section of ten masked, armed soldiers entered the Fijian House of Representatives and subdued the national legislature, which had gathered there for its morning session. Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka, dressed in civilian clothes, approached Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra from his position in the public gallery and ordered the Members of Parliament to leave the building. They did so without resisting. The coup was an apparent success, and had been accomplished without loss of life.
At around 11 am, Radio Fiji announced the news of the military takeover. Rabuka was reported to have gone to Government House to see the Governor-General. He was seeking recognition of the military action and the overthrow of the Bavadra government. A caretaker government was to be named shortly, and the public was urged to “remain calm and continue with their daily work.”At the meeting, the Governor-General (who was Rabuka’s paramount chief) responded only with a mild rebuke to Rabuka. He asked him “What have you done?” and “You mean I have no job?” He added that Rabuka should have given the deposed government more time. The meeting ended with the Governor-General stating “Good luck, I hope you know what you are doing.”
The Governor-General dissolved parliament and granted amnesty to Rabuka, while promoting him to the position of commander of the Royal Fiji Military Forces. The actions of the Governor-General were viewed with suspicion by the deposed government and Bavadra challenged Ratu Sir Penaia’s decision in the Supreme Court of Fiji.
Source : Proud to be Fijian. 5/14/16