Part 1 Introduction
This week (late June 2016), at the exhibition Polynesia Under the Bomb, Oscar Temaru stated the case for Polynesian independence, saying that in order for Polynesia to succeed at the International Court of Justice, it must attend as a sovereign nation, and in order to sign cooperative accords with France, the two nations have to negotiate as equal, independent states. He called the existing Papeete Accords a great lie carried out with the complicity of “the elected sellouts of our country.” 
The excerpts that follow are translations of testimonies in the Witnesses of the Bomb publication that was released in 2013. The French text, with portrait photography of the witnesses, is available online at no cost. Part 4 is a transcript of an interview with Bruno Barrillot about the project.
Memorial Site for Nuclear Testings, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Between 1966 and 1996, France detonated 193 atomic bombs on Moruroa and Fangataufa Atolls. The land and people of French Polynesia’s six archipelagos–symbolized by these six stones placed on a traditional paepae–faced significant upheaval, as the nuclear tests were imposed on them. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini, Enewetak, Montebello, Emu Field, Maralinga, Malden, Kiritimati, Johnston, Moruroa, Fangataufa–the many locations around the Pacific chosen as nuclear test sites by the United States, the United Kingdom and France. The thousands of former test-site workers and the peoples of the Pacific live with the memory of these weapons, which today still continue to affect their health and environment. This Memorial Site was inaugurated during the Presidential term of Mr. Oscar Manutahi Temaru, 2nd of July 2006, the fortieth anniversary of the first nuclear test on Moruroa Atoll.
|The memorial to victims of nuclear testing, Papeete, Tahiti. Photo by Robert Jacobs.|