SUVA, Fiji -- A second hostage crisis erupted Saturday in Fiji as armed rebels supporting coup leader George Speight seized 30 soldiers, police and government officials in a police station outside the capital.
A defiant Speight said there would be more unrest until the military gives in to his demands. ''It is going to escalate,'' he said. ''I can predict it.''
But Speight also offered hope of an end to the crisis that has gripped Fiji since he and six gunmen stormed Parliament on May 19 and took the democratically elected government hostage. The siege was aimed at disenfranchising Fiji's ethnic Indian population and returning power to indigenous Fijians.
''It will be resolved very soon,'' he said. ''The army will see the folly of its ways. They have completely misread a political situation.''
Saturday a man who said he was Speight's cousin led 100 rebels who took over a military checkpoint in Korovou, 40 miles outside Suva, confiscated six rifles and stormed the police station where they gathered their hostages.
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