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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:30pm


    Oahu, Hawaii
    : Many of us in Hawaii watch the recent events in Tonga, and as outsiders we are confused and saddend that so much destruction has happened to many of Tonga's innocent businesses and people.... Now at the end of 2006, we Hawaiians, find it interesting that an island with people like us...…are destroying a city to compel democracy....Tonga is going through riots for forced democratic reform, while here many of us (not me), sing songs of protest and march in the streets...…wishing King Kamehameha'’s royal line was still in command. - Joe
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:15pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Local Chinese communities were targeted by Tongan mob during their violent protest for democracy. With that kind of ill-disciplined behavior shown by those Tongans they have a long way to earn any respect or adhere to rules of law. They try to portray themselves as friendly and peace loving people when try attract tourists and donation from other people but few people know the violent ill-disciplined nature of Tongan who attacked Chinese in Tonga.
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Five days after the destruction of the Nuku'alofa business center on Thursday, November 16, police have confirmed that only six bodies have been found and not eight as was previously reported.
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Since Friday, Tonga's People's Representatives and their supporters have presented two letters of petition to the Privy Council, calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister and all the Cabinet members.
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:00pm


    San Mateo, USA
    : The riots in Nuku'’alofa are a clear polarization of the current government, its policies and proposals, and its people. And now, the timetable for reasonable dialogue toward elections in 2008 may not be soon enough. -'Alipate Sanft
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:00pm


    Kotu, Ha'apai Lulunga
    : 'Oku ou kole ke u hufanga 'i he ngaahi talaaofaki kotoa kuo toutou takua atu mei he paenga lafo ni, kae 'ataa 'ae ki'i faingamalie ni ke fai atu ai ha ki'i fakahoha'a kihe faka'auha kuo mau mata'ia. He toki me'a faka'ulia lahi mo'oni 'eni 'a e tu'u hake ha fa'ahinga kakai fakapo'uli pehee ke nau hanga 'o tutu mo faka'auha si'i kolomu'a. Koeha nai 'enau lelei na'e ma'u ai? -Falekolonga He Lotu
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:00pm


    Pacific
    : How is it that the Government and its National Security Agencies allow the situation to get to a point where our capital continues to be engulfed with flames?For now, this event is unimaginable to go this far, and we can only read and listen to news overseas with immense disappointment for leaders who were involved, especially in inciting the riot in the first place, and also at all political parties involved for failing to put an end or at least prevent such acts from happening. - Molisi Manu'atu
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:00pm


    Neiafu, Vava'u
    : Kole ke u hufanga he ngaahi talaaofaki kae'uma'a 'a e ngaahi tu'unga 'oku fa'a tapaekina hono fakatapua. 'Io kia Tupou V kae'uma'a e hou'eiki tauhi fonua; kau taki lotu mo e si'i kakai 'o e fonua. Fakamolemole pe 'a e haofanga ni kae'uma'a 'a e paengalafo 'o e Matangi Tonga kae tuku mu'a ke u hao atu hee mei he vao ate; he kuo te'ialoto pea mau kafo tu'unga'a he kuo lavea 'a e sino pea kafo ai pe ngaahi va'a 'akitaua tangata mo e fefine Tonga. 'Isa na'a mo hota kainga 'i muli na 'oku nau kau he lavea noa he ko e loto'i Tonga si'i kauvaha mai 'enau tu'a-'ofa-'eiki he vahanoa na ki Tonga ni si'onau tupu'anga.
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 2:00pm


    Australia
    : The outrageous, shameful destruction in the island of Tongatapu reflects the spiritual dryness, lack of moral attitude, and disrespectful character of the Democrat Leaders. I am not surprised at what had happened because most Leaders of Tonga are mere church attenders and not Christian Doers. People needs Representatives who loves the Lord. -M. Vaikalafi
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 1:30pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Addressing a stunned nation at about 6:30 pm on Thursday 16 November 2006 after the supporters of a rally organised by Pro-Democracy People's Representatives' and the Pangai Si'i Committee had sacked central Nuku'alofa, 'Akilisi Pohiva, 'Uliti Uata, Lepolo Taunisila, Clive Edwards and 'Isileli Pulu went live on Radio Tonga to make their victory speeches to the nation. By Pesi Fonua.
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 1:30pm


    Sunnyvale, USA
    : How sad it is to hear what is happening in Tonga. I was shocked to hear that the peaceful little island I grew up in and always held in high views has diminished its friendly reputation because of these ignorant rioters. Is this what they call democracy? What happened to the values that we grew up with? - M. Niukapu
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  • Wednesday 22 November 2006 1:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Publishers and staff of Matangi Tonga Online extend our condolences to our many clients and friends, and the Nuku'alofa business community who have been displaced or damaged during the events of November 16. Also the owners of an estimated 66 buildings that were burned; the owners of more than 50 Asian shops that were broken into and burned; and the owners of many premises throughout the town that were looted on 16 November 2006.
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  • Monday 20 November 2006 7:14pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Parliament scheduled to sit today was cancelled because of damage done to the Parliament House.
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  • Monday 20 November 2006 6:22pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Surging out of a Pangai Si'i political rally held by some of the Tonga's People's Representatives, on the afternoon of November 16, their excited supporters led by marauding gangs of thieves, thugs and arsonists, ransacked the Nuku'alofa business district. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Linny Folau and Mary Lyn Fonua
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  • Monday 20 November 2006 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : We are back! Since we left our burning building on Thursday evening, 16/11, we have witnessed the destruction of the central business district of Nuku'alofa.
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  • Thursday 16 November 2006 4:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A rioting crowd has trashed property in central Nuku'alofa leaving the central supermarket Molisi Tonga in a tangled mess of broken glass and the streets smelling of spilled beer as looters joined rioters in a spree of destruction shortly after 3.30 pm today. Story and pictures by Mary Lyn Fonua, Linny Folau and Pesi Fonua
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  • Thursday 16 November 2006 8:00am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : I'm not entirely moved by the hysteria over the MPs payrise and backpay issue. So far I...’ve seen little in the way of the numbers ie the pay level that the MPs were in and the pay level they...’ve voted for themselves now, to justify the public flogging on these pages. More importantly, I...’m keen to find out how their new rates compare with the rest of the public service including the sectors who were critical of the size of the pay hike but couldn...’t refuse it when offered. - Sefita Hao‘uli
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  • Wednesday 15 November 2006 7:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Royal Family will end their 100 nights of mourning His Late Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV on December 28.
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  • Wednesday 15 November 2006 7:14pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : For the fist time since the United Nations began releasing its Human Development report, Tonga has displaced Samoa as the island with the highest rate of human development in the Pacific.
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  • Wednesday 15 November 2006 6:54pm


    Edinburgh, Scotland
    : The Digicel Pacific Islanders have started training in earnest for their clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday November 18.
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