Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika. Photo/Telesia Adams (Facebook)

Tonga must be alert to potential security threat, Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika said on Friday.

Hon. Sika
was speaking at an early morning memorial service for the victims of the
Christchurch massacre held at Tonga Police Headquarters in Nuku’alofa.

“The World
changed for us all on March 15,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Tongan
Police must be alert and prepared for anything that comes their way. We must
all be alert and prepared for anything that comes their way.

“We must all
be alert to potential threats to our border and work together to ensure Tonga’s
security is not compromised.”

The short
ceremony began with the raising of the Tongan flag to half-mast whilst the
Tongan and New Zealand national anthems were being played by the Tonga Police
Brass Band.

This was
followed by verses from the hymn, ‘Abide With Me’ and a prayer offered by Rev.
Viliam Fanaika.

“We raise
our Flag today at half-mast to show our respect, our deep sense of loss and
mourning for the 50 New Zealanders murdered at their place of worship in
Christchurch,” Hon. Sika said.

“As we pay
our respects we salute the leadership and humanity of Prime Minister Jacinda
Ardern and the courage and solidarity shown by New Zealanders to this tragic
event.

“I take time
to commend the courage and professionalism of the New Zealand Police in putting
themselves in harm’s way to protect their citizens, the other courageous First
Responders and Emergency Services and all individuals, that  went to help with the dead, dying and wounded
and those that were blessed to survive.

“This is a
day of Remembrance to the families and loved ones of the fallen and also to
show our respect and solidarity with New Zealand in their hour of sorrow and
reflection.”

Present at
yesterday’s service were the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Elena
Procuta, the Australian High Commissioner, Adrian Morrison, the Minister for
Lands and Minister responsible for His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Lord Ma’afu and
other Cabinet Ministers, Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell and his senior
officers and advisors and the Chaplain of Tonga Police, Rev Viliami Fanaika as
well as other Church leaders.

As Kaniva Tonga news reported earlier,
Members of Parliament took part in a one minute silence last Monday morning to
pay respects for the victims of Christchurch’s terror attack.

Acting
Speaker Lord Tu’ilakepa said the minute was in respect for the memory of those
killed and hurt in the attack on Friday, which left 50 dead and at least 50
injured

Lord
Tu’ilakepa said in Tongan: “Oku ou fie ‘oatu ‘a e fie kaungā mamahi ‘a e Fale
Alea ‘o Tongá mo e kakai ‘o Nu’usilá, ‘oku ‘oatu heni ha faka’apa’apa, mo e
fiekaungā mamahi mo’oni ‘a e Fale Alea ‘o Tonga, mo e kakai ‘o Nu’usila koe’uhi
ko e pulonga kuo tō he fonuá, tupu mei he fakapō ta’e’amanekina, ne hoko ‘i
Christchurch, ‘i he ‘aho Falaite 15 ‘o Mā’asi, 2019.”

Last week we
reported that Tongans living in New Zealand had been asked to wear black this
week as a sign of support for the country’s Muslim community.

Tongan
church groups have been holding special prayer sessions for the cessation of
terrorism.

Last Sunday
the brass band from the Pulela’a Methodist Church in New Lynn played
outside  an Auckland mosque. Church
members prayed and laid flowers.

The
main points

  • Tonga must be alert to potential
    security threat. Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika aid yesterday.
  • Hon. Sika was speaking at an early
    morning memorial service for the victims of the Christchurch massacre held at
    Tonga Police Headquarters in Nuku’alofa.
  • “The World changed for us all on March
    15,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

For
more information

NZ marks Christchurch massacre with
week of vigils and prayers, more events planned today

Tongans in New Zealand show
solidarity with Muslims after racist murders in Christchurch

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Fonte: https://kanivatonga.nz/2019/04/tonga-must-guard-against-security-threats-deputy-pm-sika-tells-memorial-service/

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