PNG police and Opposition meet over rally block

2:07 pm on 3 November 2015

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner has met the Opposition leader after the police yesterday blocked a planned public forum in a Port Moresby park.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader and Kandep MP Don Polye.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader and Kandep MP Don Polye. Photo: Papua New Guinea opposition

The opposition leader, Don Polye, had planned to hold the forum to give the public an opportunity to put questions to opposition MPs.

But the police commissioner Gari Baki intervened, saying the likelihood of some form of unrest happening was 99.9 percent, and that a public park was not the place to discuss sensitive issues of national importance.

The Post Courier reports that Mr Baki then met with Mr Polye to say the forum should instead be held in a confined area which police could monitor.

The opposition says it's looking to stage another rally at Sir John Guise Stadium.

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