For 30 years we lied about the nuclear tests, says Tahiti’s Fritch | RNZ News
“For 30 years we lied to this people that these tests were clean. It was us who lied and I was a member of this gang! And for what reason did we lie? Because our own leader had seen a bomb explode,” he said.
Mr Fritch also reacted with dismay earlier this year when the former head of child psychiatry in Tahiti reported that on Tureia atoll, a quarter of the children present during the 1971 blast now had thyroid cancer.
This is in contrast to French Polynesia’s dominant Maohi Protestant Church which has taken its accusation of alleged crimes against humanity to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The church claims that knowing of the impact of nuclear testing before 1963, France still proceeded with the tests in French Polynesia and detonated 193 bombs from 1966 to 1996.