Samoa. During the year, the government had a protracted conflict with villagers over the right to land, a historical dispute issue in Samoa. According to COUNTRYAAH, Apia is the capital of Samoa which is located in Polynesia. The residents of Satapuala occupied an area outside the country’s international airport Faleolo. The village had been relocated when the airport was built in the 1940s, when New Zealand ruled over the island and the villages’ traditional ownership of land was violated. The land now belongs to the Samoa government, and the village has for years tried in court in vain to regain the right to part of the land.
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In August, the conflict turned violent when villagers armed with machete, stones and kerosene bottles blocked the road from the airport to the capital Apia. Tourists were hindered and the flight canceled. A large police raid was forced out and was able to disperse the villagers with warning shots.
Several ministers and other top politicians were accused of corruption in the run-up to the elections in the coming years. The Speaker of Parliament was called in, and the opposition leader accused the government of increasing poverty in the country by putting tax money on bad investments, such as the bankrupt Polynesian Airlines. According to the opposition, the number of child sellers and beggars in the streets increased.