The Courier-Mail

20 YEARS AGO

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PARADISE ERUPTS IN FLAMES Rioters burnt down Tahiti’s airport terminal and ran amok in central Papeete yesterday in a violent response to French nuclear tests in the Pacific. France sent Foreign Legion reinforcem­ents to Tahiti to quell the worst troubles seen in the Polynesian islands. Opposition to the nuclear tests at Mururoa continued to sweep the globe amid the first signs that France might buckle to the pressure. Riot police battled more than 1000 demonstrat­ors.

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