• Short Summary

    Fiji will gain its independence after 96 years as a British colony on Saturday (October 10).

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    Fiji will gain its independence after 96 years as a British colony on Saturday (October 10).

    Prince Charles will represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and perform the ceremony of independence. Meanwhile the capital, Suva, is putting up bunting and decorations for the big day.

    A greater degree of self-government for Fiji has been discussed in London and Fiji for almost a decade. But the conflicting interests of the native Fijians and the immigrant Indians, who now outnumber the native Fijians, provided too great an obstacle to joint action.

    Now, ninety six years to the day after King Cakobau signed the deed of unconditional cession and Fiji was proclaimed a British crown colony, independence has been given to the Fiji islands.

    The main author of the relative union of the two opposing ethnic groups is Ratu Sir Kamisise Mara, and he will be the first Prime Minister of Fiji.

    Sugar production is Fiji's biggest earner of foreign exchange and work in the canefields continues as teams of workers are busy in Suva's streets putting the final touches to the gardens and decorations.

    At Albert Park, groups of women are working on Tapa cloth tapestries which will be hung on the Royal dias.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA73GTJ5OU17LCYAV3JWEM4BL3H
    Media URN:
    VLVA73GTJ5OU17LCYAV3JWEM4BL3H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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