GROUP CALLS FOR MARCH IN TONGA

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 6) – A march is being organized in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa to protest the sacking of three ministers.

The royalist Kotoa Movement wants to hold the march on either Thursday or Friday.

A Kotoa spokesman, Semesi Kailahi, says he hopes 10,000 people will attend the march.

Last month, the ministers for Justice, Police and Commerce were asked to resign, reportedly after voicing their concern over government moves to cut the kingdom’s domestic airlines from two to one.

Mr Kailahi says it is calling for justice and law to be applied when the government makes decisions.

Mr Kailahi says the whole country is concerned about recent actions by the government, a constitutional monarchy led by the last ruling king in the Pacific.

September 7, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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