19 Oct 2005

Tongan police called to dissuade pro-democracy campaigners

8:06 pm on 19 October 2005

Pro-democracy campaigners in Tonga have been told that their concerns will be heard by the assembly after their action prompted police to be called to the scene.

About 30 people, led by a lawyer Laki Niu, have been pushing for immediate reforms and they have taken their cause to the assembly premises.

Our correspondent, Mateni Tapueluelu, reports from Nuku'alofa.

"Parliament reacted quickly. They called in the police. The police came in and asked some of the protestors to leave the vicinity because they were not properly dressed in the Tongan sense. But they were told that parliament would quickly look into it and report back to them as soon as possible."

Mateni Tapueluelu says the demonstrators were not satisfied and vowed to continue their campaign.