PORT MORESBY CURFEW MAY GO SOONER: POLICE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 29, 2001 – Post-Courier)---The curfew in Port Moresby may be lifted sooner than planned.

The 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew was imposed on Wednesday evening to run until July 10.

The Cabinet announced the measure to contain the movement of people and help settle things following violent confrontations between protesters and police.

Three students were killed in the violence.

Acting Police Commissioner Joseph Kupo said yesterday things had almost returned to normal.

He said he understood the effect the curfew had on people and businesses in the city.

He said he would watch the situation over the next few days.

Mr. Kupo said there was no reason why things should not return to normal sooner.

He said police operations would continue for the next two weeks.

Mr. Kupo said the cordon around the university area from Monday was lifted yesterday.

He said that earlier yesterday morning there were stoning incidents of vehicles in front of the University of Papua New Guinea.

He said things were under control in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province. Rumors of trouble in Mt Hagen circulated after it was confirmed that two of the students killed were from the province.

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