The canting of democracy in French Polynesia
21 October 2004
Mâori Party co-leader Tariana Turia ‘The
canting of democracy in French Polynesia’.
The Mâori Party
supports the peaceful demonstration taking place in
“Our people saw the hikoi of some 15,000
Tahitians, about a tenth of their population, as an
outstanding reaction to the ousting of Oscar Temaru” said
Tariana Turia, co-leader of the Mâori Party.
great concern for the democratic and indigenous rights of
our Pacific whanaunga” Mrs Turia said today in response to
the ousting of Oscar Temaru by a censure vote nine days ago
in a court in Papeete, Tahiti.
In May, Mr Temaru became
the first pro-independence leader to be elected in French
“On 23 May the people spoke, in electing Mr
Temaru to office” said Mrs Turia.
“Tahitians have had a
long fight for self-determination, and indigenous peoples
across the world celebrated the movement of the Tahitians to
reclaim Tahiti and live according to their
In June, Mr Temaru’s government started two
investigations: the economic audit of the previous
management under the five year Gaston Flosse government;
the health consequences on the former 3,800 workers and
their families of the thirty years of nuclear testing on the
Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls.
“We understand that
questions have been raised about the role of the French
Government in the current situation, and in particular their
active support for the former conservative president, Gaston
Flosse - a close ally of French President Jacques
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