Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has labelled actions by opportunists at Mendi Airport this (June 14) afternoon, as ‘disgraceful’.
He says a State of Emergency will be declared, and additional security forces deployed to prevent further unlawful behaviour.
A statement from the Air Niugini this afternoon confirmed that a Link PNG Dash 8 aircraft suffered damage when rioters invaded the tarmac at Mendi Airport.
Link PNG has suspended flights to Mendi, Tari, Wapenamanda until further notice.
Mr O’Neill said there will be an emergency meeting of the National Security Council tomorrow (June 15) at 9am, to approve emergency arrangements under appropriate laws.
The Prime Minister says, those involved will be detained by police and prosecuted.
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