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Protest continues in American Samoa over paving of Fagatogo malae

Crew members of Pentagon Construction seen last Saturday morning working on the front section of the Fagatogo Pavilion, which is set to be dedicated on Aug. 30th during the annual Workforce Day, sponsored by the local government.  The project comprises the renovation and extension of the Fagatogo Pavilion
Source: RNZI

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More people in American Samoa joined a second day of protest against the government's paving of a section of Malae o le Talu in Fagatogo this week.

About 50 people, mainly women and children, took part in the second day of demonstration.

The protestors say the paving is desecrating the Fagatogo malae, which they regard as a sacred historic place, not just for their village but all of American Samoa.

The protestors hope to circulate a petition to stop the work at the Fagatogo malae and remove the pavement there.

The Historic Preservation Office has also verified that the malae has been declared an historical landmark.

An attorney is reported to be working with the group on possible legal action.