6 Nov 2006

Disbanded French Polynesian GIP force threatens more illegal blockades

2:08 pm on 6 November 2006

The former leader of French Polynesia's disbanded GIP intervention force, Leonard Puputauki, has ruled out more talks with the government over financial demands for former GIP staff, accusing both the president and the negotiating minister of not telling the truth.

Mr Puputauki, who has been setting up illegal road blocks in the Papeete area with impunity, says he may again set up roadblocks around Papeete.

Last month, he had them in place for 11 days, including during two days when all road access to the capital was cut.

After the collapse of the latest talks at the presidential palace, he has warned that he and his supporters may again seize the palace, the territorial assembly and even block access to President Oscar Temaru's home.

As part of his campaign against the government, he and other groups occupied key buildings two weeks ago but they were evicted by French riot police 12 hours later.

The surprise police intervention prompted him to organise a march to demand the resignation of the French high commissioner, Anne Boquet.