By Martha Louis – EMTV News, Madang
Business houses and schools in Madang have been advised to suspend all activities today following fears of more unrest. The provincial government issued a circular yesterday saying the relatives of the four men killed by the locals during the resent unrest in Madang will be in town for their funeral service and this could lead to trouble. Police have been put on alert.
Yesterday morning, the immediate family members of the four youth killed during the Madang unrest met with the authorities at the provincial government. Present at the meeting were Acting provincial administrator, John Bivi, Senior provincial magistrate, Joesphine Kilage, and Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector, Ben Neneo.
The meet was to prepare funeral arrangements for the four youth who were shot. Only immediate families will be allowed to come into town to attend the funeral service and bring the bodies back to their villages. The rest of the community in the South Coast area will be stationed at 4mile and will not pass Gum bridge.
Police will also maintain control and make sure only immediate family members and those in mourning clothes will be allowed to come into town to attend the funeral service. This is to ensure opportunist do not take advantage of the situation and create more problem. The four men where shot in the incident during the unrest last month. They were part of a larger group protesting against the harassment of the locals.
Meanwhile, immediate family members of the four killed, have assured the committee there would be no trouble today.