8 Feb 2005

French Polynesian woman in hospital after election-related assault

10:51 am on 8 February 2005

A woman in French Polynesia is in hospital after she was badly beaten in an election-related attack at the weekend.

Reports say drunken supporters of the Union for Democracy assaulted her in Faa'a after she had taken part in a car convoy around Tahiti in support of the ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party.

The Tahoeraa has issued a statement, saying this isn't an isolated incident but is part of racial taunts never seen before.

It says it's the result of a hate campaign by the Union for Democracy which, it says, is supported and encouraged by the French Socialist Party.

The Union for Democracy has issued a statement and condemned the assault.