Tonga’s State of Emergency that was due to end today at 8:00pm 17 May has been extended until 8.00pm 11 June 2020, the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa declared this afternoon 15 May 2020. The night curfew now starts at 10:00pm. Gyms and sporting events are permitted and some other restrictions have been eased, while the border remains closed.
Nuku'alofa, Tonga - It is the week that Tongans, especially those who were residents of Nuku'alofa, remembered as “Black Thursday,” the week of 16 November 2006. It was the day that riots broke out in Nuku'alofa, and the organized torching of the Nuku'alofa Central Business District razed businesses to the ground. This day lives in infamy in the history of Tonga as protestors took matters in their owns hands and demanded greater democracy for the people through mob violence.