30 Oct 2009

Protesting women in Tonga committed to indefinite fast

1:46 pm on 30 October 2009

Hundreds of women in Tonga who've been protest fasting for almost three weeks are still awaiting a response to their petition for a new Prime Minister.

Betty Blake, the president of Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili or For Women and Families, says she's been going without food and water between six in the morning and six at night since the protest began 18 days ago.

About 800 women, members of the Tongan Women's National Congress, are said to be fasting a day a week in support of the protest, a response to what the congress describes as injustices and poor governance of Dr Feleti Sevele's leadership.

Betty Blake says the King's office has told her a committee is working on the petition.

"We are still strong and we believe it is God's grace that is helping us to be able to continue in not giving up and I feel very well."

Betty Blake of Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili.