Tuilaepa turns around

The Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) convoy protest has ended after the demonstration was disrupted by local villages and unable to go on.

A total of more than hundred cars and close to 200 supporters took a detour from Patamea to Vaiaata as they could not get passed Samalaeulu. 

There was a roadblock at Samalaeulu at Gagaemauga No.1. and another one at Sasina at Gagaifomauga No.3. The vehicles turned around and are now gathered at the Savai'ian Hotel.

Police were coming over from Upolu to try and clear the road so the H.R.P.P. can pass back to the wharf.

The rally around Savai'i by the Human Rights Protection Party ended peacefully despite "unlawful" road blocks the party's leader the former Prime Minister  Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said. 

He labeled the behavviour at Salelologa and Sasina villages as unlawful and not in keeping with the spirit of peace the rally was conducted in. 

“The leaders of this court appointed government are to blame for inciting violent actions by these villages,” he said. 

He said the party did manage to lay a wreath at the grave of the former Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana. 

“For the sake of keeping the peace I ordered the rally to turn around before Sasina,” he said.

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