2 Jul 2012

Poor turnout for french Polynesia autonomy celebrations

11:07 am on 2 July 2012

There has been a poor turn-out this year on French Polynesia's day to mark the territory's autonomy.

Just a couple of dozen people gathered at Papeete's autonomy square amid deepening rifts among the politicians of the pro-French camp.

One of them, Sandra Levy-Agami, has told Tahiti-Infos that the pro-autonomy groups need to succeed to end the current nightmare and boot out Oscar Temaru.

His pro-independence side marked the day by remembering those who died during the battles and rebellions of the early colonisation phase between 1844 and 1846.

On June the 29th 1880, the Tahitian king signed a treaty with France which annexed the kingdom.