Students Across Papua New Guinea Clash With Each Other

Unitech, University of Goroka campuses tense after fighting

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 15, 2016) – The Eastern Highlands capital Goroka came to a standstill yesterday after more than 20 students from the University of Goroka were wounded in an early dawn clash between two students’ factions.

Police said two groups of students were engaged in a skirmish at around 6am at the North Goroka campus.

Students from the upper highlands -Western Highlands, Enga, Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces - agreed to support their colleagues at UPNG and the University of Technology in the current protest against the Government while Eastern Highlands and Chimbu students opted to return to class.

The controversy has triggered a violent clash between the two groups of students.

Sticks, stones and knives were used in the fight leaving more than 20 students injured on either sides of the battlefield. Several buildings and vehicles at the campus were destroyed by the violent parties, according to police.

Provincial health authority chairman Joshua Soso told NBC Goroka yesterday afternoon that between 20 and 30 students were wounded, mainly head and shoulder wounds, in the clash and were undergoing medical treatment at the Goroka General Hospital.

As the university vehicles were rushing the injured students to the hospital opportunists and hooligans mobilised and went on a rampage at the Goroka market forcing the vendors to flee in all directions.

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