30 Jun 2009

French Polynesian politician says commemoration day is a day of mourning

10:25 am on 30 June 2009

A pro-independence politician in French Polynesia says today's autonomy commemoration will be a day of mourning.

On this day in 1880, France annexed the Kingdom of Tahiti.

The pro-autonomy politician Gaston Flosse made June 29th a public holiday to mark an autonomy statute.

But the pro-independence Tavini party's Sabrina Birk says the day serves as a reminder of what happened in 1880 when King Pomare signed the treaty of annexation.

"It is like a devoir de memoire to remind our youth how we lost our country through this King who was probably too greedy and under the effect of alcohol"

Sabrina Birk.