12 May 2009

PNG's Police Commissioner warns Public Employees Association not to march

10:49 am on 12 May 2009

Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner has told a union not to go ahead with plans for a march on Parliament on Thursday this week.

Gari Baki says that in the interest of public safety, law and order and national security he has advised the Public Employees Association not to proceed with the march.

Commissioner Baki says he has advised the union president, Michael Malabag, to consider other options.

He says police have reliable information that, what he calls, opportunists and criminal elements plan to take advantage of the situation for their own selfish interests.

He says he cannot allow the safety and well-being of the public to be compromised.