PNG

Alan Bradley abradley1 at SPAMbigpond.com
Fri Jun 29 07:49:23 MDT 2001


>From the Post-Courier (http://www.postcourier.com.pg):
This stuff below is only some of the material on what has been happening.

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News
 Weekend-Edition Fri-Sun 29th June-2nd July, 2001

Morauta Haus mayhem, student gives account

A STUDENT leader says police fired live ammunition and teargas canisters at
protesters who had gathered outside Morauta Haus on Monday evening.
University of Papua New Guinea male vice president Kalogo Tima made the
claim on Wednesday, and claimed he was hit by a full teargas canister which
exploded on one side of his buttocks as he dashed for cover.
Mr Tima was among those who had camped for the night outside Sir John Guise
Drive on Monday to receive Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta's response on
Tuesday.
In an exclusive interview with the Post-Courier, Mr Tima gave an account of
what happened that night.
He said it was around 10.30pm when NCD/ Central police commander Tom
Kulunga, in the company of several heavily armed policemen in combat
uniform, turned up where the protesters were camped and ordered them out.
Mr Tima said he gave the police his assurance they would not damage property
or cause problems but had camped for the night to save costs.
He added that because Sir Mekere had given his assurance that he would
respond to their petition the next day, they had decided to stay the night.
Mr Tima said a Wanigela group from Koki had cooked food and brought it to
share with them that night.
He said they were having a good evening sharing food and cracking jokes when
the police arrived.
There were men women and children in the crowd.
Despite Mr Tima's promise of no violence, he said a policeman told them:
"This place is stinking with you guys and you have to move out."
"We never provoked anything. We just stared back at them," he said.
After that warning, they left and returned 15 minutes later when an officer
allegedly fired the first shot.
Then the other policemen began to open fire, he claimed. A policeman who was
standing on the steps of a four-wheel drive vehicle fired two teargas
canisters into the crowd, he said.
Mr Tima said the teargas filled the place and as they tried to flee, they
were shot at.
He said in their rush to flee they trampled over sleeping women and
children.
SRC president Augustine Molonges is nursing a rubber bullet wound to his
left chest.
Mr Tima said two female students were grabbed by the police, one of a group
alleged to be still missing.
He denied receiving any support from the trade unions nor any political
party.
He said they using donations from the
public.
- by THERESIA KUMO




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News
 Weekend-Edition Fri-Sun 29th June-2nd July, 2001

Coroner will conduct inquiry into deaths

CORONER Minty Mae is set to conduct an inquiry into the deaths of three
students killed during the recent unrest in Port Moresby.
Mrs Mae confirmed that the Student Representative Council had requested her
office to immediately investigate the cause and the circumstances
surrounding the deaths of the three students.
She said only the relatives of two students killed during the unrest have
come forward and identified the bodies and appealed to the relatives of the
third to come forward so that a coronial inquest could proceed without
delay.
She said she would begin her investigations as soon as the Criminal
Investigations Division (Homicide) of the police established a file on the
deaths of the students.
She identified the two students as Steven Kil, of Malke village in the
Tambul area and Simon Noki, from Ambra village in the Dei area of Western
Highlands Province. Steven was a third- year Business Economics student and
Simon was a second year Social Science student.
Mrs Mae said students should now put their evidence together into statements
and have then delivered to police Sergeant Ulagas Mantu who is the officer
in charge of police CID, so that a file could be opened on the deaths.
According to the preliminary reports now before the Coroner, the three
students were allegedly shot at about 8am on June 26 at the University of
PNG campus during a confrontation with policemen stationed there.
Mrs Mae said she had requested Dr Golpak to conduct post mortems on the
bodies and report the findings to her office.
"I consider that a post mortem is necessary and to report the results to me
,including in your report all such matters, observations and things as you
think will be assistance to me and including your opinion," Mrs Mae wrote in
her letter to Dr Golpak.




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