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20 Nov 2018 | 09:22 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: Parliament stormed by security forces Nov. 20

Papua New Guinea News Alert

Disgruntled police officers and soldiers storm the parliament on November 20 in Port Moresby; residual road disruptions, remain highly vigilant

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/21/2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Port Moresby

Event

Disgruntled police officers and soldiers stormed the parliament in the capital Port Moresby on Tuesday, November 20, over the non-payment of a special allowance following the APEC summit held there November 17-18. Local reports indicate that security guards were assaulted, windows smashed in, and the interior of the building damaged. Cases of looting in nearby shops have also been reported, along with roadblocks in the vicinity of the parliament. Residual road disruptions along with a heightened security presence are to be anticipated place until the situation normalizes, likely with the payment of the allowances in question.  

Context

This was the first time Papua New Guinea hosted such a high-profile event, which represents high economic stakes for a country struggling with high poverty rates.

Port Moresby is one of the most dangerous cities in the world with very high rates of violent crime. Carjackings, muggings, rape, and kidnappings are common occurrences.

Advice

Individuals in Port Moresby are advised to avoid the vicinity of the parliament until the situation normalizes, exercise heightened caution at all times, maintain a low profile, and conduct road travel with security support. Abide by all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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