21 Apr 2011

French Polynesians rally against economic decline

8:31 am on 21 April 2011

An estimated 3,000 people in French Polynesia joined a rally outside the assembly yesterday to protest against the political instability.

This follows an ultimatum issued by employers and unions three weeks ago, demanding that the politicians draw up a valid budget and a plan to lead the territory out of its economic crisis.

Delegates of the protest movement met several ministers of the government formed earlier this month.

The employers and unions say they're fighting for their survival, pointing to the thousands of jobs lost in recent times and the growing list of people seeking paid employment.

As part of the protest, some shop owners kept their businesses closed.