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First Offical Response from PNG Police

Papua New Guinea’s Police Department has made their first public statement regarding the unrest between officers and students earlier today, calling on people to be responsible and refrain from releasing unsubstantiated information.

The statement was made by the department, saying Commissioner of Police Gari Baki will be releasing an official statement later this afternoon.

In the meantime, Commissioner Baki says for people to remain calm and that “unconfirmed, unsubstantiated and unfounded reports can cause fear, anxiety and could actually cause or incite violence and public disorder”.

He went on to say at this point in time there are no confirmed deaths, but there are about nine students currently receiving medical treatment at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

The injuries stem from a confrontation between Police and students at the University of Papua New Guinea’s Waigani campus earlier today.

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