Looting

Over 100 arrested for riot and looting in Honiara

“I must make it very clear here that no one is above the law,” Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said.

Mr Mangau added “We are expected to live and make decisions within the principles of the rule of law regardless of our positions in our society. I therefore forewarned that if anybody is found in breach of such illegal activities, Police will not hesitate to arrest and deal with him/her.”

Food, fuel and cash in short supply after days of riots shut down Honiara

Businesses, schools and even the Prime Minister's residence were set alight and looted by protesters during three straight days of civil unrest.

Now people are struggling to restock food supplies, and there are queues at ATMs and petrol stations as the extent of the crisis begins to take its toll.

Unrest broke out on Wednesday when a peaceful protest calling on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to step down turned violent and quickly spiralled out of control of the local police.

Public urged to help with looting info

The National Capital District Metropolitan, Chief Superintendent Perou N’Dranou, said this after Facebook posts claimed that police personnel allowed and actually encouraged the public to loot properties following the November 20th Parliament rampage over the late payment of their 2018 APEC security operations allowances.

N’Dranou said he wants the public to provide information so that he can deal with the matter.

Shops looted in nation’s capital

Reports have come in from Erima, Tokarara, Hohola, Waigani and Gerehu of opportunists looting, or attempting to loot, Asian-owned shops.

Residents at Waigani have reported that police had to fire teargas to disperse a gathering crowd while gunshots were heard at Gordon’s and Gerehu.

Witnesses have also reported the stoning of vehicles from the Erima to Nine-Mile road.

At around 12pm today, members of the Joint Security Task Force convoyed to the Parliament to air their grievances over the non-payment of APEC allowance.

Asian shops looted in protest

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred around midday.

Reports from the ground state the issue stemmed from disgruntled locals from the Wakunai area of Central Bougainville, who were protesting the sale of merchandise with the iconic Upe, which originates from the area.

The Upe is worn by young men as they are initiated into adulthood, and is a respected and taboo symbol in the area.

Women are not allowed to wear the symbol.

Starvation and looting on the rise

Starvation is on the rise and villagers are forced to resort to whatever means possible, even if it means looting or breaking into privately run and owned properties to find food for their families.

Moro based police officer, Joseph Kumin says that about 40 to 50 men from Sisibia village held up 2 security guards at one of Oil Search’s camp and made away with food supplies stored in a container.

Kumin explained, most, if not all of the villages lost their homes, livestock and food gardens and are now faced with hunger.

Police claim governor’s involvement in looting

This follows an estimated K1 million in damages at one of the province’s largest supermarkets.

The Bintangor Supermarket, which is owned by Simon Sia, who is also the election petitioner against the young leader, was ransacked last Thursday by looters and opportunists.

According to police, the young leader was involved.

It was reported that around 4pm, the Governor entered the supermarket on Thursday, heavily escorted by outside police officers.

He allegedly gave directives for shoppers to get a rice bag each, which added up to K5,000.

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UPNG gives O’Neill 24-hour ultimatum

The University of Papua New Guinea students have given the Prime Minister 24-hours to respond favourably to their petition or there’ll be a mass withdrawal.

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Hundreds gather at UPNG

Hundreds of people have gathered at the University of Papua New Guinea’s main Waigani campus.