12 Jul 2011

Samoa leaders vow no more Apia street fights

2:55 pm on 12 July 2011

The traditional leaders of Matautu and Apia, Toomalatai and Seumanutafa have assured the government of their full support following street fighting in the centre of the Samoa capital at the weekend.

The fighting, much of it outside Aggie Grey's Hotel, saw a number of police injured and more than 30 people arrested.

Both community leaders have met the Police Minister Sala Pinati and the Police Commissioner Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo and told them there'd be no more violence.

An Apia orator Tuiletufuga Siaosi Tuiletufuga, who spoke for both villages, says the youths involved do not belong to their respective villages.

He says they'll be sent back to their home villages.

In a government press release, the leaders are quoted saying that they're ashamed at what happened and say they won't stand idly by but fulfill their roles as village leaders.

They say they won't interfere with the police and have encouraged them to lock up any one involved in the fight.