Armed Po­lice move in on PNG univer­sity protests

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Port Moresby: Armed Po­lice have moved in on the Univer­sity of Pa­pua New Guinea’s cam­pus in Port Moresby as stu­dent protests en­ter a third week. The en­tire stu­dent body has been boy­cotting classes in protest at Prime Min­is­ter Peter O’Neill’s re­fusal to step down from of­fice amid a cor­rup­tion scan­dal. The stu­dents sought to hold a ref­er­en­dum to le­git­imise their boy­cott, but the elec­toral com­mis­sion has re­fused to val­i­date their ef­forts. Univer­sity vice-chan­cel­lor Al­bert Mel­lam is­sued a no­tice say­ing the cam­puses would be sealed be­cause some stu­dents’ ac­tiv­i­ties bor­dered on crim­i­nal­ity. “Po­lice are called upon to per­form their con­sti­tu­tional duty to pro­tect lives and prop­er­ties,” the state­ment said. This would “en­sure nor­malcy is re­stored on both cam­puses and stu­dents re­turn to class im­me­di­ately”. Mr Anjo, pres­i­dent of the Peo­ple’s Power Move­ment, was at the univer­sity as Po­lice moved in and said he wit­nessed more than 40 heav­ily armed po­lice ve­hi­cles on cam­pus. RNZI

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