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Political riots erupt in Tonga

Reporter: Tony Jones

Pro-democracy protesters rampaged through the Tongan capital today, overturning cars and torching
buildings.

Transcript

TONY JONES: Well, the Pacific has a new trouble spot with a pro-democracy protest turning violent
in Tonga today. Cars were over-turned and buildings were torched, belonging to companies controlled
by the Tongan Royal Family and close associates. The angry crowd also smashed windows at the
Parliament and other public buildings including the Prime Minister's office. Looters took advantage
of ransacked shops to steal food and alcohol. It's believed the lawlessness erupted after the
government deferred a parliamentary debate on democratic reforms. There have been growing calls for
greater democracy in the kingdom over the past 12 months including a six week public service strike
last year.

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