21 Jun 2006

French Polynesian parties condemn assault

8:07 pm on 21 June 2006

Political parties in French Polynesia have condemned this week's public assault of a top government official by members of the former GIP intervention force in the presence of a court official.

The incident occurred in the Papeete port where the men defy orders from their superiors in the latest rebellion.

Despite calls for the security forces to take action against the group, which last week blocked the port of Papeete in an illegal campaign, the French state has declined to act.

The centrist No Oe E Te Nunaa Party has called for an end to the anarchy and the constant blackmail by the group who is led by Rere Puputauki.

He is the former head of the GIP intervention force and an associate of the former president, Gaston Flosse.

The Fetia Api Party has lashed out at what it calls an organised gang hankering after the power it lost.