French Polynesia Celebrates Autonomy Day With Various Festivities

On June 29, 1880 Tahitian king signed treaty of annexation with France

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 30, 2017) – French Polynesia is marking today's Autonomy Day with festivities in Papeete which organisers regard as an opportunity to showcase the community and its activities.

Thousands of people are expected to join in a parade.

French Polynesia has been marking June the 29th as autonomy day for more than 30 years on behest of a former president Gaston Flosse.

The date was chosen because on that day in 1880 the Tahitian king signed a treaty with France which annexed the kingdom.

The pro-independence camp has traditionally marked the day as a day of mourning over the loss of independence.

The organisers of the festivities say they regret the sectarianism.

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just a few years before Hawaii was annexed by the united states ? I think the colonial powers at the time made a deal to annex these 2 kingdoms. look like French Polynesia got the short end of the stick. the good news is even if there are no jobs or prospect of getting a job there is welfare & free medical care.

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