Police open fire on protesting students in PNG

At least four people have been reported shot dead by police in Port Moresby following attempts to march on the Papua New Guinea parliament.

 

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Rioting, looting and gunshots erupted in other parts of PNG following photos and reports on social media of police opening fire on student protesters on the 8th of June.

 

 

The activity was ahead of a scheduled protest rallying in support for a vote of no confidence in the government.

 

Around 2000 students had been travelling via bus from the University of Papua New Guinea’s Waigani campus to the gates of parliament but were stopped by police, who ordered students to get off.

 

RNZI reported the students shot were trying to stop police from arresting the student president, with Reuters reporting at least 15 students wounded and four are allegedly dead.

 

ABC reports 10 students have been admitted to Port Moresby General Hospital.

 

 

The students have been boycotting classes since the beginning of May, while demanding Prime Minister Peter O'Neill stand down to face long-running corruption allegations.

 

Parliament, which was due to sit in June, has been adjourned until August.

 

Police have yet to issue a statement about the incident. However the prime minister has blamed the parliamentary opposition.

 

"Members of the Opposition have been engaging with students, and have been encouraging them to pursue Opposition demands... and calling on me to step aside."

 

The situation in PNG remains tense.
 

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