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Riot at Gordons Market Caused by Ethnic Clash

By Eric Haurupma – EMTV News, Port Moresby

People were injured, property damaged, bus windscreens smashed and a man has died following an ethnic clash between a group from Tari and another from Kopiago at Gordons Market in the nation’s capital.

According to eye witnesses, the fight started over the weekend after a drunken Tari man was stabbed, when harassing men from Kopiago.

His death in turn forced relatives to retaliate, causing a riot at Gordons Market yesterday.

Several people were injured, business houses closed, traffic affected and people fled and moved to safety.

In addition, windscreens of PMV buses were smashed and as a result the travelling public was affected as buses stopped running.

A quick response by police prevented what could only be described as a close call for the group from Kopiago.

NCD Superintendent, Inspector Ben Turi, who was present at the scene, condemned the ethnic clash and called on leaders of opposing factions to meet and solve the matter immediately.

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