Papua New Guinea

PNG police shoot university students

Police officers in Papua New Guinea opened fire on university students who attempted to march up to the PNG parliament today. According to ABC News, Police opened fire into the crowd when students of the PNG University of Technology would not let them arrest the president of the student council  and in the process injuring ten […]

Salote Qalubau

June 8, 2016 12:10 pm

Police officers in Papua New Guinea opened fire on university students who attempted to march up to the PNG parliament today.

A man reportedly shot by police at a student rally in Port Moresby is carried by three others. (@Mangiwantok/Twitter)
A man reportedly shot by police at a student rally in Port Moresby is carried by three others. (@Mangiwantok/Twitter)

According to ABC News, Police opened fire into the crowd when students of the PNG University of Technology would not let them arrest the president of the student council  and in the process injuring ten students.

PNG Police form a line at the rally in Port Moresby. (@Mangiwantok/Newswire)
PNG Police form a line at the rally in Port Moresby. (@Mangiwantok/Twitter)

University student Gerald Peni said gunshots and tear gases were directly fired at the crowd with many of the students scattered around the university grounds.

PENI: “There were a number of us who have been hurt, girls and boy altogether, some had cuts on their faces and their legs. Two were shot, the boys were shot, so we know that we have two casualties.”

The students been warned the protest may be shut down if it is taken off campus. (Eric Tlozek/ABC)
The students been warned the protest may be shut down if it is taken off campus. (Eric Tlozek/ABC)

Meanwhile, PNG University of Technology Vice-Chancellor Albert Schram said about 2,000 students and staff had been locked on campus with a police car at the gates for precautionary measures.

Students have been protesting and boycotting classes at the campus for five weeks, calling on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to face corruption allegations.

Source: ABC News

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