Strike over Maserati fleet pur­chased for sum­mit

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

Thou­sands of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in a one-day strike in Papua New Guinea last Fri­day to protest against the pur­chase of a fleet of Maser­atis by the gov­ern­ment for this month’s Apec con­fer­ence.

The protest was or­gan­ised after it was re­vealed last month that the gov­ern­ment of the coun­try in the south-west Pa­cific Ocean bought 40 lux­ury cars, and later three Bent­leys, to ferry around dig­ni­ties dur­ing the mul­ti­lat­eral Apec lead­ers meet­ing in the cap­i­tal Port Moresby.

An­gry at the lav­ish spend, op­po­si­tion MPs an­nounced a na­tional day of protest.

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