‘Tense calm’ pre­vails at PNG univer­sity af­ter an­other stu­dent killed

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Port Moresby: An un­easy calm pre­vails around the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in the Pa­pua New Guinea city of Lae, af­ter a stu­dent was killed there last Satur­day night. A mob armed with bush knives at­tacked a first-year stu­dent sleep­ing in a dor­mi­tory in an ap­par­ent tar­geted at­tack be­fore set­ting fire to var­i­ous build­ings on cam­pus.

Po­lice even­tu­ally re­stored con­trol with the use of tear gas early on Sun­day.

It is still un­clear what mo­ti­vated the at­tack, al­though there have been lin­ger­ing dif­fer­ences among stu­dents about whether to con­tinue a weeks-long boy­cott of classes call­ing for the Prime Min­is­ter, Peter O’Neill, step aside to face fraud al­le­ga­tions.

The univer­sity’s vice chan­cel­lor, Al­bert Schram, said the cam­pus was in a state of tense calm yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“We’re still in shock be­cause no­body saw this com­ing. There’s no way it could have been pre­vented. And of course the wan­ton de­struc­tion of univer­sity build­ings and of course the mess has obliged us to ask the stu­dents to leave the cam­pus be­cause we can’t feed them any longer,” said Dr Schram. He in­di­cated that three weeks time would be the ear­li­est he would ex­pect the se­mes­ter to re­sume, and that this was de­pen­dent on whether promised gov­ern­ment sup­port ma­te­ri­alised.

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