FRENCH POLYNESIA LANDFILL DISPUTE CONTINUES

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (August 8, 2000 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---For the past two months, riot police and armored vehicles have been escorting waste trucks from Tahiti's capital, Pape‘ete, to the controversial Paihoro landfill.

The security deployment was requested by the territorial government following a court decision that opened the waste treatment center despite strong opposition from local residents.

According to area residents, the site is environmentally unsuitable for a waste dump.

For over two years residents have been seeking an independent environmental assessment of the area from the courts but have been blocked by numerous orders and appeals.

Waste from other parts of Tahiti has recently been transported to the landfill.

"The fight goes on," says one resident opposed to the landfill in an interview with Pacific Beat’s Isabelle Genoux. "Residents are keeping the faith."

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