Tahiti Fuel Price Strike Draws Fewer Than Expected

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Port and ferry operations reportedly unaffected

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 18, 2012) – A planned protest against fuel price hikes in French Polynesia has been largely abandoned.

Reports from Tahiti say only a small number of fishing boats were at the Pape‘ete port entrance and ferry traffic was not disturbed.

The reports also say only a few dozen people gathered at the assembly in a protest called by the group Te Tau no te Hono which represents a cross section of professionals.

The employers’ federation has issued a statement, saying it understands the group’s concerns but sees no solution in blocking more of the economy.

It says the remedy should not be killing the patient.

[PIR editor’s note: Meanwhile, Te Tau no te Hono claims it will block two government ministries; according to the group's leader, Franck Tehaamatai, they have trucks and may cut road access, bringing the territory’s capital, Pape‘ete, to a halt.]

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