Fiji's Indian families flee; some vow to fight back
But a few men, in the farming community of Waidalice, who remained behind to guard what little is left, are now vowing to fight back. "I think it's time to sharpen our knives," one of the men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
Waidalice is just one of many settlements in the Tailevu/Korovou area, about 80 kilometres (48 miles) north of Suva, which was targeted after failed businessman George Speight and a group of special forces men took Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and members of his government hostage in Parliament on May 19.
Although Speight and 12 of his closest supporters are detained on the island prison of Nukulau, attacks against Indian families in isolated rural settlements have continued.
The Korovou area has been worst hit. Close to 50 homes have been reportedly torched and people, including women, beaten up. Vehicles, livestock and crops have been pillaged, and there have been reports of rapes.
Some 250 people fled to a refugee centre in Lautoka, to the west of the island, others took refuge in Suva and nearby towns.
Report : Zeenext Bureau
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