The students started boycotting classes in May last year, calling for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to respect the integrity of the PM’s office and step aside until all allegations against him are cleared.
During that time, the slogan #UPNG4PNG was borne.
Former UPNG Student Representative Council member, Hercules Jim, told Loop PNG: “We came up with the slogan before the protest...basically to unite UPNG to stand for PNG.
“This slogan comes with the sacrifice of blood and education of UPNG students to fight for the cause they believe in.”
However, PNC recently launched their campaign with a hashtag #PNC4PNG and #StayingStrong, which is the English version of UPNG’s #SanapStrong.
Jim, who will be graduating this year, says: “Leave the 2016 students’ unrest alone.
“Do not use it for your political interest.
“You and your children studying overseas will never sacrifice your lives for PNG.”
Since the launch of PNC’s slogan, UPNG students took to social media to voice their disbelief, with some wondering if the ruling party is mocking them or simply lacks creativity.
(Students before they were shot at by police in June 2016 – Picture: Xmedia)
UPNG sit-in protest underway http://bit.ly/2rsZFZw
More than 50 police vehicles enter UPNG Waigani campus http://bit.ly/2qybq0K
Students to continue boycott http://bit.ly/2pYxNdK
Student shot by police: Uniforce guard http://bit.ly/2rt6udJ
Another female student rushed to hospital http://bit.ly/2rhgKIR
Commissioner Baki confirms that 23 students injured http://bit.ly/2pY8fOa