February 4th, 2011
Moruroa e Tatou Attacks On All Fronts
Meeting in a hotel on Friday, members of The Association of Moruroa e Tatou described the controversy surrounding the visit of Marcel Jurien de la Gravière, the petition signed by residents of the atoll of Tureia, and the return on Saturday of the Peace Boat, with 5 Polynesians on-board.
Since the recent visit of a delegation led by Marcel Jurien de la Gravière, a representative of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection, the members of the Association of Moruroa e Tatou are mounting their defences.
Roland Oldham, president of the association, is attacking on all fronts, and in turn denounces Jurien de la Gravière’s visit, of whom he asks an immediate resignation following his “irresponsible statements;” calls for an independent inquiry into the situation of the atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa; calls the risks encountered by the population of Tureia scandalous; and encourages politicians to get active and break the “wall of secrecy.”
Following his numerous attacks, published by Tahit presse during a week filled with press-releases,
Roland Oldham also presented the schedule of Peace Boat’s return visit. The vessel will arrive Saturday morning with an important delegation of “Hibakushas” (victims of the American bombing), Japanese students, Australians and five young Polynesians. On the itinerary of the three-day visit are a ceremony at the nuclear test victims memorial at the bottom of Pouvanaa a Oopa Avenue; a meeting with Oscar Temaru; and debates with youth from Pomare IV College and the Pirae Protestant Parish.
The visit will conclude on Monday with a press conference in the Assembly of French Polynesia dinning room, where the Japanese students and Australians will explain the nuclear situations in their respective countries, and where the Polynesians, presently on-board Peace Boat, will tell about their voyage to Japan.