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French Polynesia marks autonomy day

French Polynesia marks autonomy day

Celebrations are being held in French Polynesia by those seeking to re-affirm the territory’s autonomy within France.

The event is marked by renaming a square in eastern Papeete to Autonomy Square.

June the 29th was declared autonomy day by the former president, Gaston Flosse, to commemorate the day in 1880 when King Pomare V signed a declaration with France for it to be able to run the government.

The new government doesn’t agree with the concept, saying it commemorates the loss of Tahiti’s sovereignty.

Meanwhile the government has decided to rename Avenue Bruat and now call it Aroa Pouvanaa Oopa.

This is to honour the French Polynesian leader who was exiled by France in the 1950’s for resisting colonial rule.

A monument in his honour is in the square outside the territorial assembly.

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