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In pictures: Tonga riots aftermath

A man walks past burning vehicles in Nuku'alofa. Picture: 17 November 2006

The government of Tonga has declared a state of emergency, following riots in the capital, Nuku'alofa, that left eight people dead.

Protesters in Nuku'alofa. Picture: 17 November 2006

The violence broke out when the Pacific kingdom's parliament failed to vote on democratic reforms on Thursday. Small protests continued on Friday.

A burning car in Nuku'alofa. Picture: 17 November 2007

Protesters torched and looted buildings and shops and set cars on fire in the city's main business district.

A gutted building in Nuku'alofa

Some 80% of the buildings in the area had been destroyed, officials said. Eight bodies were found in the debris.

Tonga's government offices burn in Nuku'alofa on 16 November 2006

The government later agreed to hold elections in 2008 in which a majority of lawmakers would be directly elected. Currently, nobles and appointees outnumber elected MPs.

An overturned car in Nuku'alofa. Picture: 17 November 2006

The government has asked Australia and New Zealand to send in troops to help restore order.




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