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Protest at PNG govt move against judges

From AAP

SEVERAL thousand demonstrators have converged on the entrance to the University of Papua New Guinea to protest against new laws that give parliament the power to effectively suspend judges.

The protesters, many of them students at the university, say they will march on government offices unless Prime Minister Peter O’Neill or his deputy, Belden Namah, come to collect a 4000-signature petition against the law.

While there is a heavy police presence outside the campus, police are mostly unarmed. Senior officers have been negotiating with the protest leaders to keep them on the university grounds.

The law was rushed through parliament on Wednesday, a day after being introduced.

It has received much criticism in PNG and has been interpreted as a way for the government to move against PNG’s chief justice, Sir Salamo Injia.

    March 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    We initially welcomed this Government! People of PNG, this Government is not what we thought it would be like!

  2. PK
    March 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    PM’s simple message to the students should be to retreat back to the campus back to studies so that you can do something useful with your lives for yourseves and for the country. If you wanna play politics, wait until you finish studies rather than let politics ruin your future. If the proof of eating is in the pudding no former student leaders or activists have made any significant marks or contribution in the country after initiating and endorsing similar tirades during their days. Except may be Ben Micah – but he’s made a full turn after going through a series of reality checks including a one term stint as an MP.

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