UPNG sit-in protest underway

Students of the University of Papua New Guinea are currently in a sit-in protest.

The majority of them are at the Forum Square in their black outfits.

“We have decided not to go to class.They said they are here to protect us but no one is under threat here," a student told Loop PNG. She was referring to the convoy of more than 50 police vehicles that entered the main Waigani campus early this morning.

"The way they came in the morning, fully-armed, some even climbing over the fence, with all these 10-seaters, are intimidating.

“We want vice-chancellor Professor Albert Mellam to come to us and explain this heavy police presence on campus.

“We refer to him as our father. He even calls us his children, so why go to this extent? Are we state criminals?”

However, NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi said: “We’re not here to arrest anyone. If they want to boycott, by all means do so. We’re here to make sure there’s no problem on campus.”

Carmella Gware