20 Feb 2009

Emergency regulations in Tonga rolled over for 28th time

4:26 pm on 20 February 2009

Tonga's Government has renewed emergency powers in parts of the capital for another 30 days.

The regulations give the police and soldiers wide powers to detain and arrest in the heart of Nuku'alofa, which lost much of its CBD during riots in November 2006.

The acting chief secretary to the government, Paula Ma'u, says the Minister of Police has recommended their renewal.

The emergency powers have been criticised as an abuse of process and an unjustified attempt to frustrate the pro-democracy movement.