3 Dec 2004

Road block threat in French Polynesia as occupations continue

2:05 pm on 3 December 2004

Groups occupying public buildings in French Polynesia say they will not heed calls by political leaders to vacate the premises.

One of the men leading the occupations to get territory-wide elections, Gaston Tetuanui, has now threatened to block roads around the capital, Papeete.

But the leader of one of the political parties, Nicole Bouteau, says it is clear that France won't listen to the people and therefore the only option is to go for partial elections.

Ms Bouteau says she doesn't think that the occpuations will have the desired effect and the only person to profit from instability could be President Gaston Flosse.

"They have to stop the occupation of the presidency and all the public services and Oscar Temaru and Emile Vernaudon asked for this."

Ms Bouteau says the parties should now prepare for the February by-election for 37 of the 57 seats.

She says as far as she is concerned there is no longer any point in negotiating with France on a possible dissolution of the Territorial Assembly.