8 Sep 2009

Village council in Samoa calls off road blockade

8:20 am on 8 September 2009

The village council on Savaii Island have called off their road blockade, an hour after the country's road switch law took effect.

Hundreds of villagers including village orators blocked all parts of the road that leads other parts of Savaii island and the main wharf in the township of Salelologa.

Police were unsuccessful in their efforts to stop the road blockade which caused chaos to many car drivers.

But a matai of Salelologa says a delegation of church ministers led by a leading Methodist church minister on the island met with the village council which resulted in the road blockade being cancelled.

Meanwhile, local radio stations in the country are informing drivers and pedestrians of the new road change after more than a century of traveling on the right side of the road.