By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Colourful independence celebrations took place yesterday across the entire nation of Papua New Guinea, and the capital, Port Moresby, provided no exception.
At least four minor independence celebrations were staged yesterday as a lead up to the major 40th independence anniversary celebrations that kicked off later in the evening.
Patriotic Papua New Guineans turned up at these satellite venues in black, gold and red colours to mark the nation’s 40th year of national sovereignty.
Jack Pidik Park saw the biggest crowd, while University of Papua New Guinea had its own celebrations showcasing the nations’ diversity through the cultural dances and traditional dishes.
Over 600 police officers were deployed to all venues to ensure a peaceful celebration.
Chief Inspector Silas Waiyagure said Port Moresby residents had cooperated with police and they will continue to patrol the city for the following days to ensure resident safety.
“The residents here are very helpful and we are happy they are corporately with us and that is a good thing’, the Chief Inspector said.
The major celebration was at Sir John Guise Stadium in Waigani, and attracted thousands of residents from around the city.