OVER 5,000 MARCH AGAINST GOVERNMENT IN SAMOA

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APIA, Samoa (October 30, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Over 5,000 anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Apia, the Samoan capital, this morning demanding that the government resign over the high cost of living and charges of corruption.

The number of marchers was well below the 100,000 projected to participate in the protest, which was organized by Tumua ma Pule ma Aiga, an influential coalition of Samoan chiefs.

Deputy Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was jeered when he told the protesters the government would consider their demands.

Government employees who make up the majority of the full-time workforce in Samoa were instructed not to join today's march.

Police say several scuffles broke out as the march neared the capital's government complex, but no arrests were made.

Another march is being organized to take place in two weeks to hear the government's official response.

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