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“Ghostly monument to military dictatorship”

Government Buildings - Parliament
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Private Suva Day Tour
Ranked #6 of 28 things to do in Suva
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Owner description: These impressive, orange-colored government buildings were modeled after traditional Fijian thatched huts, and the complex is open to visitors.
West Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Ghostly monument to military dictatorship”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

The grounds are well kept, the buildings impressive, the location pleasant.

But it is a ghost town, as it has been since the military (why does an island nation with no neighbours need an army?) stole Fiji's democracy, locked up its Parliament, tore up its constitution, and installed its commanders as pretenders to power.

The impressive great hall of Parliament is routinely swept and aired, but the chamber echoes only to the sound of soft footsteps. No voices are allowed to debate the issues of the day, much less call for liberty, freedom or democracy.

Like everything about Fiji's military regime, the empty Parliament is a sad, pathetic image: a mute testament to the hollowed out pretentiousness of men who crave power, but lack the compassion to serve or the understanding to lead.

Visited November 2012
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Suva
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Never to Miss”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great sight, hype of Fiji's Economy. One of Fiji's Colonial Architectural buildings. Site of Fiji's historical events. Houses the Office of the Prime Minister and Fiji's Court.

Visited November 2012
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Suva
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Closed”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Since the coup in December 2006 the Government Buildings on Ratu Sakuna Road have been closed. Nothing to see here folks.

Visited September 2012
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Kansas City, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Massive masonry building from the Colonial days”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

There is not a lot to see other than the outside of the building, really. Parliament does not meet there, it is essentially an office building and landmark. The grounds are pleasant but small and the architecture reminescent of the old Colonial days.

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Suva, Fiji
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“passing in front of it every day”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

nothing to say I did not entered the building looks like an old fashion colonial building in front of it you will find the Holiday inn hotel

Visited June 2012
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