Lae unrest leads to roadblocks and reported death in PNG

9:11 pm on 11 November 2015
Razor wire, Boroko, Port Moresby.

Security problems have surfaced again in Lae Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The Papua New Guinea city of Lae is taking stock of the damage of two days of unrest which has reportedly claimed the life of one man.

The Post Courier reports that law and order and political issues of the past month sparked the protests by settlement youths on Monday.

On Tuesday, all flights into Lae were disrupted following protests which resulted in road blocks in two different sections of the Lae-Nadzab Highway.

One road block turned nasty with some vehicles having their windscreens smashed and many left stranded on the highway.

More than 1,000 youths took part in the protests with police and PNG Defence Force personnel called into the area to provide security.

The youths have petitioned authorities to respond to their claims, including the total ban of street vendors and the removal of all Asian-operated shops.

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