28 Jul 2012

Crowd gathers outside Tahiti assembly in fuel price hike protest

9:32 am on 28 July 2012

An estimated 2,000 people joined a march on Thursday to the French Polynesian assembly in a rally against the latest fuel price hike.

The protest was called by the group, Te Tau no te Hono, which has been campaigning for lower prices for weeks.

The rally is the second in six days and comes after the government's repeated refusal to accede to the demands.

At the beginning of the week, the group cut off some thoroughfares for three days and caused massive disruptions, but after announcing more blockades, the group lifted all the traffic restrictions.

The group has written to the French overseas territories minister, saying successive local governments have added agencies to please their supporters.

It says this has depleted the budget and deprived the private sector which has resulted in the current debacle.