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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Stockpiles and Trafficking in the Pacific: Security Force Armouries - Fiji.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 24. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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Security Force Armouries

In Fiji, the May 2000 raid on parliament could hardly have been executed without assault rifles stolen from the Fiji Military Force armoury.

The number of firearms used in Suva was small - only seven gunmen executed the coup, and Speight later provided arms to perhaps another 100 young rebels - yet it was sufficient to unseat a democratically elected government.

Members of the Fijian Army's Counter-Revolutionary Warfare Unit - ironically, a crack team established in the wake of two earlier coups in 1987 - were implicated in providing these arms, and many also defected to support Speight during the coup…

Most of the firearms used in the coup in Fiji, in May 2000, appear to have been returned.

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