[Marxism] *explosive* PNG: Aus company *admits* role inviolent demoltiion

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 20:21:55 MDT 2012


The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) released a
report<http://statecrime.org/online_article/the-demolition-of-paga-hill-a-report-by-the-international-state-crime-initiative/>
on
October 8 documenting a forced eviction that took place in Papua New
Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, on May 12. Residents of Paga Hill had their
homes demolished <http://dev.outlandishideas.co.uk/isci/pagahill> *en masse* by
the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Those who resisted the forced eviction were attacked with sticks, iron rods
and machetes<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jtfUE429vrg>.
At one stage police even fired live rounds at bystanders.

The demolition was conducted to make way for a luxury
estate<http://www.pagahill.com/> being
spearheaded by the Paga Hill Development Company (PHDC) -- a company largely
run from Australia, with significant Australian shareholdings.

PHDC's chairperson and secretary is Gudmundur Fridriksson, an executive who
heads Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership.
Fridriksson has specific responsibility for the controversial Cape York
Welfare Reform Trial (although I understand as of October he is on
"extended leave").

The ISCI's report presented evidence that raises questions about the land
deal behind this proposed development, but it never suggested that PHDC
condoned or indeed directed the brutal events of May 12. Indeed, it was
assumed responsibility lay entirely with the PNG police.

However, we must now pause for thought, courtesy of new allegations voiced
by PHDC's own director (and
shareholder<http://statecrime.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Appendix-B.pdf>),
George Hallit, on Radio Australia's *Pacific Beat*
program<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-11/an-png-paga-hill-report/4306520>
.
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52674
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through disobedience and through rebellion." -- Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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