24 Aug 2006

French Polynesian capital still threatened by blockade

4:28 pm on 24 August 2006

The French Polynesian capital is again being threatened by a blockade.

Former employees of the GIP intervention force who have been on strike say they won't accept any court ruling that would uphold their sacking.

They keep occupying the headquarters of the territory's fleet in the port of Papeete, disrupting passenger movements and supplies to some outer islands.

The publisher of the Tahiti-Pacifique magazine, Alex du Prel, says the group keeps acting with impunity.

"This group of 20 people who control the others sometimes with threats, they are like a happy bunch of terrorists which seems to have high protection. It's a constant blackmail - they have already blockaded the city three times."

Alex du Prel