National Council of Churches arrive amid Parlimentary protest
The National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) at Parliament have arrived to Parliament amid growing scenes of upheaval and simmering tensions between protestors and Police outside the building on Wednesday while Parliament is in session.
The group, composed of Deacon Elder Kasiano Leaupepe, Retired Reverend Aisoli Iuli, and Executive members of the Methodist Church of Samoa, reached Tiafau just as the Cabinet's motorcade were exiting Parliamentary precinct.
The leaders of Samoa's biggest denomination, Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) were not
Speaking on behalf of the church leaders, Reverend Aisoli said they were offering their support to help resolve situations amicably in any way they could.
"As church leaders, we just want to bring a holy message and play our part as leaders of the churches," the Reverend said.
"We were hoping to meet with the Prime Minister and her Cabinet, but we met them while making our way in.
"However, we still want to meet with the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) and relay them our message."
Over a week ago, the leader of the H.R.P.P., Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, who is present at the protest challenged the nation's church leaders to "be useful" and deliver a message of peace to the new administration,