7 Feb 2007

Former Tongan MP accuses Prime Minister of provoking Nuku'alofa riot

10:44 am on 7 February 2007

A former parliamentarian in Tonga has filed a criminal complaint against the prime minister accusing him of provoking last year's riot in Nuku'alofa.

Koloniasi Afuha'amango is accusing him of organising a meeting at Pangahi Lahi where the fighting broke out.

Mateni Tapueluelu reports from Nuku'alofa.

"[It is ] the former representative of the people to parliament that is leading the accusation against the prime minister by the name of Koloniasi Afuha'amango. Principally he is saying that the prime minister is behind an announcement that was made on Radio Tonga on the 16. November last year, that those supporting the governmentshould gather at Pangai Lahi opposite the small marae Pangai Si'i where the promoters of democracy were rallying. And he is saying that that call of the supporters of the government to rally opposite to those calling for democracy was the primary cause for the riot that day"