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September 19, 2021

UPNG Asylum Protest

Police and Uniforce Security were beefed up on Friday morning atthe University of Papua New Guinearsquo;s main campus, as talks of a protest march tothe Australian High Commission spread insidethe institution.


Be midday, hundreds of students’marched tothe university main entrance to displaytheir frustrations overthe government’s failure to respond to issues presented tothem in a petition, two weeks ago.

Amongthe issues wasthe recent signing ofthe Asylum processing deal betweenthPNG and Australian government.


Armed Police and security personnel were on standby as students’chanted in anger to cancelthe deal.


NCD Superintendent of Operations Ndranou Perou advisedthe students’to remain withinthe university’s perimeter and protestoandthey compllied.


Students’ leading representative Peter Numu saidthe deal was againstthe nation’s sovereignty;the people’s power to decide was never exercised.


The students’burnt a copy ofthe Asylum deal signed betweenthe O’Neill and Rudd government.


The students’returned tothe university to awaitthe government’s response totheir petition.


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