Attempt to attack PM Tuilaepa during Samoa Airways launch

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu 14 November 2018, 12:00AM

A video has surfaced of an attempt to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia.

The video, shared online by ET Live, surfaced overnight from the official launching of Samoa Airway’s Faleolo to Brisbane flights, marking the airline’s first birthday.

It shows Tuilaepa addressing the Samoan community who had gathered for the event when a man called out his name and started hurling a verbal barrage at the Prime Minister.

What he said was not clear from the video. 

A member of the media, Taule’ale’a Sioeli Alofaifo of TV1, who was among the audience in Brisbane told the Samoa Observer there were two men who turned up with their faces covered in “ninja like style.” 

He said one of the men threw an “uncooked pig’s head” at the Prime Minister, which fell well short of the target.

“Two men entered the building; one threw a pig’s head and swore at the Prime Minister.” 

The men immediately fled the scene, the Samoa Observer was told.

The video shows that officials immediately reacted with some of them moving closer to the Prime Minister to protect him.

Tuilaepa remained calm and continued to speak over the commotion. 

He did not say anything about what was happening before him. 

Attempts have been made to get an official comment from the Police and the Government about the incident.

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu 14 November 2018, 12:00AM

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