They call it the coup by stealth, though many here (especially those who believe the government is corrupt as lots do) still call it the "clean up campaign". We have been waiting to see what happens for a while now. The first deadline came and went while they played rugby.
(the Sukuna bowl is the yearly Army vs Police rugby game. Cartoon from The Fiji Times December 3)
On Monday the ISN school concert was shifted from a hall that night back to the school at lunch time, amid reports of the military taking all the police's guns from their armoury in Suva. The Xmas concert was heaps of fun, even though more difficult to see in the smaller venue...
On the Tuesday morning school run we noticed soldiers at Vuda (little old Vuda, of all places), they were guarding the oil terminals of course. They smiled and waved as we drove past. Checkpoints popped up all over town, and I went out on the boat to meet the kids off the bus after school, but all was very calm and quiet. Actually Vuda was more a buzz with the sad news a helicopter had gone down just off the marina and First Landing resort. Police and divers from Subsurface were looking for the wreckage. The girls were still singing their christmas carols on the boat on the way home...
(eagle eyed boaties might notice something odd about our twin engines... the "twins" are clearly not identical, we joke they are fraternal)
Then last night at six of course was the commander's live address on TV. But still everything calm and quiet, Graeme made his way home from the airport waved through checkpoints later in the evening.
So of course we offered the kids the day off school, something they normally would've jumped at, but they refused flat- today is the shared lunch and christmas party! We arrived in Vuda to find the other kids too had opted to go to the xmas party (except Tiare who has chicken pox), though when the bus pulled up at the stop it was actually pretty near empty (until our 9 including Stuart the GAP student piled on board).
So I'm off now to meet the kids home from school, I'll finish by posting some pics from the school christmas concert (kids are a bit camera shy at the moment. Occupational hazard) and reiterating...we are all fine!