Police, Students Clash Around PNG’s University Of Goroka

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2 students shot as protests against Vice-Chancellor turn violent

By Miriam Zarriga And Frankiy Kapin

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 28, 2015) – Goroka was a scene of chaos and confusion as students and police clashed yesterday morning.

Students from the University of Goroka were protesting for the resignation of the vice-chancellor Dr Gairo Onagi.

Provincial Police Commander Superintendent John Kale said the protest march was illegal and they were stopped at the road block set up by police.

"That was when stones were thrown at the police and to protect themselves, police discharged rounds to disperse the crowd."

"I can confirm two students were injured and were stabilised by doctors at Goroka Hospital, I have several men nursing injuries but they are back out there monitoring the situation at the campus." Supt Kale said that he spoke to Dr Onagi who said the campus was tense but he was scared after students destroyed several properties on campus. "The university administration has asked us to be on campus to monitor the situation, I have told my men to keep watch at the campus. This would not have happened if the students had listened when I refused their letter to protest march."

Supt Kale said police will arrest students who decide to create problems, "so my warning to students and the town is not to try to instigate another issue."

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