While there is a general understanding that conflict in Fiji is racial in nature, especially between indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians which leads to discrimination and marginalization. However, conflicts are also present at other levels. Doughty, Snell and Prasad (2003) state that conflict with the indigenous Fijian community is also present, which they claim often uses indo-Fijians as scape goats in this intra-ethnic power struggle. They also state that conflict within the military and between institutions of state also plays into Fiji’s political instabilities. Racial tensions coupled with the other factors have played a crucial role in Fiji’s political instabilities since independence.
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