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Tongan bakeries fight Sunday trading ban

Thu 07 Jul 2016
By Marcus Jones

Bakeries in Tonga are calling for an intervention from the King after the government moved to tighten laws on selling bread on Sundays.

Church leaders had campaigned for the ban to be enforced using one of the country's oldest laws, which stops trading on the Sabbath.

They claim Sunday should be a day of rest.

Bakeries have been allowed to open on Sundays since 1982 following a cyclone which meant there were concerns about feeding the nations.

That ruling is now being overturned.

The Minister of Police, Hon Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, said: "Only restaurants in hotel and other accommodations are to operate on Sunday.

"According to the Constitution, Sunday should be kept holy and no person shall practice his trade or profession or conduct any commercial undertaking."

Authorities in Tonga began enforcing the law last weekend but local bakers are concerned about loss of sales.

A number of them are putting together a petition to give to King Tupou VI.

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