‘Let them come in and attend classes’

​Just because we removed the barricade doesn’t mean we welcome their presence, a UPNG student leader told Loop PNG this morning (Tuesday).

More than 50 police vehicles entered the University of Papua New Guinea’s main Waigani campus at around 4.45am today.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki told Loop PNG that police have been on ground since 3am.He wouldn’t disclose the exact number of law enforcers deployed.

The students removed the blockade at the main entrance of the Waigani campus because they decided that it was illegal.

“Let them come in and attend classes,” the student leader said.

Another student asked: “If they’re all here then who’s on the streets?”

UPNG media unit director James Robins told Loop that the police is here to maintain the safety of the students and staff.

“Those students who want to attend classes can now do so without fear, as well as academic staff.

“The students welcomed them with open arms.”

UPNG students are dressed in black to symbolise a state of mourning.

“We are willing to sacrifice our education for a corrupt – free future,” a final year journalism student told Loop PNG.

Carmella Gware