TAHITIAN ANTI- NUCLEAR RIOT LEADER GETS THREE YEAR JAIL TERM

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TAHITIAN ANTI-NUCLEAR RIOT LEADER GETS THREE YEAR JAIL TERM

PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti (October 21, 1998 - Radio Australia)---A former reserve policeman has been has received a three year jail term for inciting riots in Pape‘ete during the 1995 French nuclear test program.

Hirohiti Tefaarere, who is considered by officials as the "ring leader" during the protests, was found guilty of willful damage, violence and threatening a police officer. Sixty-two others were arrested, most receiving between three and 12 months suspended jail time.

What began as a peaceful anti-nuclear demonstration at Tahiti's Faaa airport in September 1995 turned into a riot then spilled onto the streets of Pape‘ete. Seven policemen and nine demonstrators were injured as people set fire to buildings and looted business.

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