18 Dec 2007

Samoan protestors vow more opposition if PM keeps drive switch plan

5:19 pm on 18 December 2007

Demonstrators in Samoa are planning to continue their protest unless the Prime Minister drops his plans to change which side of the road they drive on.

The Prime Minister says people will be able to import cars more cheaply from Australia and New Zealand if Samoa changes the side it drives.

The organiser of a protest march, lawyer Tole'afoa Solomona To'ailoa, presented a petition to parliament with 33,000 signatures after a march involving thousands.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the protest group doesn't plan to give up unless it gets its way:

"The leader of the protest march, the lawyer Solomon To'ailoa, told the speaker before they left that if the Prime Minister will continue to ignore the outcry from the public to stop the new proposed road traffic bill then the move will continue."

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.