Strike Planned In Tahiti Over Planned Fuel Price Increases

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Fishermen, pensioners and others to protest

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 17, 2012) – The French high commissioner in French Polynesia has warned that a blockade of public life in Tahiti will not be tolerated as disgruntled groups have threatened to take action tomorrow to get lower fuel prices.

Richard Didier says the authorities will assume their responsibilities even though the demands are legitimate.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The group Te Tau no te Hono representing a cross-section of professionals insists that the fuel price hike approved by the territorial government be rescinded for it to call off its planned action. Protracted negotiations have been unsuccessful and disruptions in Tahiti are expected. Fishermen say they will block the access to the port of Papeete while others say they will march onto the assembly and the presidency. The pensioners’ association has joined the protest and called on its members to gather in the square outside the assembly."

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