Archive for Friday, November 17, 2006

Police, army impose curfew after riots

November 17, 2006


— Firefighters today found six charred bodies in the scorched rubble of a building set ablaze a day earlier by a rampaging mob, as authorities restricted movement in the aftermath of violence in the South Pacific kingdom.

The six dead were believed to be looters or rioters, as staff of the power company were all accounted for after the building was torched Thursday, said Tonga's Lord Chamberlain, Fielakepa, who acts as spokesman for the king and like many Tongan nobles uses just one name.

The violence erupted after crowds gathered in the capital, demanding that parliament pass democratic reforms before it ended its annual session Thursday. A crowd of young people set fires, overturned cars and looted shops.


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