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Students Riot in Tonga as Strike Enters Fourth Week

As many as 200 rioting students in the South Pacific island of Tonga have been arrested after allegedly smashing school offices as a strike by the country's public servants enters its fourth week.

The students were demanding the reinstatement of their college principal and other senior faculty who were dismissed by government officials for openly supporting the strike.

Four government cars were torched and destroyed in a suspected arson attack Thursday. While it is not clear who set the fires, students have threatened to burn government property if authorities don't stop the strike. Workers are demanding higher wages.

Tonga is the South Pacific's last monarchy and has a population of 105,000 people spread out across 170 coral islands between Australia and Tahiti.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.