9 Oct 2006

French Polynesian Rautahi Party launches an anti-government petition

5:53 am on 9 October 2006

The small French Polynesian opposition Rautahi Party has launched an anti-government petition, seeking a stop to new taxes and stop racism.

Throughout this week, the party will be collecting signatures in public places and gathering feedback via its website.

The party leader, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, says there is support to stop the introduction of new taxes being considered for next year.

Mr Bouissou says the petition has also been prompted by public displeasure with allegedly racist remarks made by the president, Oscar Temaru, in speeches and interviews.

"We want first of all the president to stop saying what he has said and what he is saying today through his interviews and through his politics of racism."

Jean-Christophe Bouissou, the leader of French Polynesia's Rautahi Party