8 Sep 2004

Tongan protest march put off until next week

1:25 pm on 8 September 2004

A planned march in Tonga against last month's sacking of three government ministers has been postponed.

The royalist Kotoa movement had originally planned to have the demonstration in the capital Nuku'alofa tomorrow but has put it off by until next week.

Koro Vaka'uta reports.

"March organiser and Kotoa spokesman, Semisi Kailahi, says the march will now be held on Friday September the 17th. He says time is needed for the march to have the biggest impact. Mr Kailahi also says he wants to have the support of the pro-democracy movement. However, a mini-march will be held this Friday with members of Fly Niu - the airline effectively closed by a new government policy. Meanwhile the prime minister, Prince Ulakalala Lavaka Ata, is expected to make a statement regarding the controversial sackings and subsequent protests tonight."