10 Jan 2005

Visit to protestors fails to end blockade of French Polynesian government offices

11:31 am on 10 January 2005

A report from the Tahiti Press Agency says demonstrators demanding new elections to the French Polynesia assembly are still blockading three government offices in Papeete.

Three ministers in the new Gaston Flosse administration visited the protestors on Friday but were unable to persuade them to end the sit-in.

The three government departments involved are offices for the control of budget spending, social welfare affairs and youth and sports.

The blockade, by supporters of former President, Oscar Temaru, is now in its tenth week.