20 Apr 2011

Thousands join Tahiti rally over economic crisis

9:45 am on 20 April 2011

More than 3,000 people in French Polynesia have joined a rally outside the assembly to protest against the political class.

This follows an ultimatum issued by employers and unions three weeks ago, demanding that the politicians draw up a valid budget and a plan to lead the territory out of its economic crisis.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The crowd gathered in Papeete in the early hours to express its displeasure at the state of the economy and the lack of action by the politicians to address its concerns. The employers and unions say they're fighting for their survival, pointing to the thousands of jobs lost in recent times and the growing list of people seeking paid employment. As part of the protest, some shop owners have shut their businesses to turn Papeete into a dead city. Today's rally was deferred by a week to allow the assembly to hold its scheduled election of its new president."