11 Oct 2011

Tahiti port access blocked by protesting fishermen

2:33 pm on 11 October 2011

French Polynesian fishermen have set up a partial blockade of the entry to the port of Papeete in protest at high fuel prices.

They want the government, which approves fuel prices, to cut their costs.

Local radio says a meeting between the government and the fishermen is planned for this afternoon amid a threat that they will seal the port should they fail in their campaign.

In Papeete, a strike has begun at the office of the Outer Islands Development Fund whose 82 employees fear that they will be laid off at the end of the year.

The Fund is to be merged with another agency as part of a restructure.