18 Jun 2007

Tonga government extends emergency regulations for another 30 days

10:47 am on 18 June 2007

The Tongan government has extended the state of emergency regulations which were due to expire at the the end of last week.

The latest announcement says the Minister of Police, is still of the opinion that public order continues to be seriously threatened, and it is necessary for the purpose of maintaining public order to make the Proclamation.

The Tongan government imposed the regulations in response to widespread rioting in the capital, Nuku'alofa, on November the 16th last year.

The regulations apply for 30 days at a time and have already been extended six times.

Last month, the restrictions were amended to apply only to the island of Tongatapu.

The pro-democracy movement has been critical of the emergency provisions because they have prevented its members from holding meetings.