23 Jul 2012

Several hundred join rally in Papeete over fuel prices

5:07 am on 23 July 2012

Several hundred people in French Polynesia have joined a meeting outside the assembly to call for the latest fuel price hike to be rescinded.

The gathering was called by the group Te Tau no te Hono, which last week unsuccessfully tried to block the access to Tahiti's port when it launched its protest.

On the second day of action, the group - made up of a range of professionals - blocked a key road but failed to bring Papeete to a halt.

The weekend gathering outside the assembly heard several speakers express their misgivings about the way the economy is managed by the territorial administration.

There is no indication that the government of Oscar Temaru will authorise a drop in fuel prices.