Have you been following the drama between Samoa’s government (namely PM Tuilaepa) and the village of Satapuala?
The short story:
Satapuala is a well-known village that, half a century ago, relocated to accommodate Faleolo Airport in Upolu.
Over the decades since, leaders in the village have lead a campaign to re-claim hundreds of acres of this land, much to the resistance of the government, whose development plans include a new hospital.
A few days ago, the dispute came to a head with an armed stand-off between Satapuala villagers and Samoa’s police force.
And then there was the name-calling. Uncle Tui calling them uneducated pigs (se’i tulou, please don’t shoot the messenger) .. Satapuala calling the PM ‘brainless’ and ‘lacking class’ … ANYWAY…
High Matai expresses her strong opinions about the matter in our village forums.
“I’ve never denied how little a fan I am of Uncle Tui, but this latest stint just adds to my theory that he’s a modern day tyrant, leading our country. I know many villages that have had to battle the Government for their land & Satapuala is no exception. I stand behind them 1000000%,”
What are your thoughts?