17 November 2006 Edition
A RIOTING CROWD has trashed property in central Nuku'alofa leaving the central supermarket Molisi Tonga in a tangled mess of broken glass and the streets smelling of spilled beer as looters joined rioters in a spree of destruction shortly after 3.30 pm today.
Shocked staff at Molisi Tonga opposite the central Talamahu Market were left surveying the wreckage as police are now taking control of the area.
Shaking and shocked Molisi Tonga general manager, Maliana Sevele, the daughter of Tonga's Prime Minister, said she and staff members had only seconds warning of the approaching rioters and they feared for their lives, as they ran to take cover in offices at the rear of the supermarket. "I was confronted by one man and I was nearly hurt," she said, but she was not aware of any injuries to her staff other than cuts from fragments of glass from the smashed front windows. "I was trying to find the boys to pull down the security rails when the crowd arrived and they came in so fast, we ran to the back," she said.
Her staff surveyed the damage trembling with tears in their eyes, the stock thrown from the shelves and the cash registers buried under overturned cabinets and shelves.
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