November 28, 2004

Polynesian Update

Presidential Palace Occupied
Originally uploaded by octopod.

While similar events unfold in the Ukraine, whose population is 200 times larger and whose weather is 200 times worse, the occupation of the Presidential Palace in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, continues.

Oscar Temaru, leader of the indpendence movement, is in Paris, as is Gaston Flosse, the Ferdinand Marcos of French Polynesia, Jacques Chirac's poodle. Temaru and Flosse are negotiating with the Chiraqistanis for new elections. Flosse wants them in 18 months, Temaru immediately. Flosse has threatened to cut off the talks and return to Tahiti if the occupation is not suspended. Temaru has appeared to ask his followers to vacate, but they have refused.

We are still waiting for the American gunboats to appear on the horizon and throw the French out.

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