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August 1, 2021
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UPNG Students Forum Calls for Students to Refrain From Damaging Property

By Eric Haurupma – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The results of yesterday were damaged glass panels at the Sir Michael Somare library, a damaged ATM machine and also vehicles which were set on fire.

The public has condemned the actions of students and opportunists following the burning and looting of buildings and the attack on Uniforce security guards.

This morning Uni-venture was burnt to ground and remains of burnt vehicles on the road side.

Many students and staff evicted the campus for fear of their safety.

Students said, the confrontation started yesterday morning when Uniforce attempted to enforce a betelnut ban on campus.

A commotion the erupted which saw Uniforce reportedly chased away by students and 5 vehicles set on fire.

A forum was called this morning where majority of the students expressed concerns to refrain from damaging and looting properties.

One parent, Lyons Putupen , has also expressed concern on the safety of students on campus.

“As I was driving in I saw missiles everywhere as students are chasing the Uniforce away from the campus.

Generally, there is no safety of students in campus,” he said.


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