17 Dec 2009

French Polynesia's Temaru hints at tax boycott

4:06 pm on 17 December 2009

French Polynesia's opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, has called on the people to stand up by joining a weekend march in Papeete against the new French nuclear compensation law.

The march is being organised by the nuclear test veterans organisation Moruroa e tatou, the Maohi Protestant church and a so-called citizens' collective.

It is to go ahead despite the French defence minister, Herve Morin, cancelling his trip which would have made him the first defence minister to visit the weapons test site of Moruroa in 20 years.

Speaking on RFO television, Mr Temaru also questioned the legitimacy of the new government and its authority to levy taxes.

"I don't want to pay the taxes that I pay and I believe the entire population cannot accept to pay taxes into the hands of people facing the judiciary and who have been charged with abusing public funds."

Oscar Temaru