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March 5, 2021

Lae Back To Normal After Two Day Protest

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by Bethanie Harriman –EM TV News,  Lae

Lae shops and businesses reopened today after two days of protests calling for the crackdown of street vendors and petty crime.

Public Motor Vehicles (PMVs) also resumed operations allowing movement between town, Eriku and the main market.

The main market area had activity, with its car park filled to capacity.

There were now no signs of street vendors or loitering around the bus stops.

Today, families were moving freely between shopping centres and the market area, and business operations have fully resumed.

In Eriku, people were moving between shops to buy supplies.

Street vendors have all disappeared as well in Eriku, with six days now remaining until a decision is made in regards to them being permanently removed.

Two days of protests called on the provincial government to crack down on street vendors and their suppliers.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, issued immediate directives to the Lae City Council to remove and ban street vendors.

A seven-day ultimatum was given to the provincial government yesterday to address other issues raised in a petition.

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