14 Oct 2006

Road blocks cripple French Polynesian capital for second day

5:40 am on 14 October 2006

The main access roads to the French Polynesian capital, Papeete, remain blockaded for a second day by unions protesting against the high cost of living.

The unionists backed by members of the dissolved GIP intervention force and some fishermen are using busses and trucks in a blockade at the western and eastern side of the city.

The action is outside the law but police have not intervened.

The French high commission has urged a dialogue between the protestors and the government but no negotiations are planned.

Two opposition parties have rejected government claims that they are behind the strike.

President Oscar Temaru had denounced the blockades as terrorism, prompting the French high commission to say such anti-republican language cannot be used in a French entity.

The high commission has met the strike leader while the French Polynesian government MPs say they have been told by the high commission that they won't be received.