11 Oct 2007

Police called in after PNG student strike turns violent

2:52 pm on 11 October 2007

A strike by students at Papua New Guinea's University of Technology has turned violent.

Students began striking on Monday saying that a five percent rise in fees for accommodation is unfair and unjustified.

A police spokersperson, Superintendent Dominic Kakas, says officers are patrolling the perimeter of the campus to maintain order.

"Following a recent incident in which the university canteen was almost set on fire, we have contemplated moving into the campus. But that is depending on the action that they will take. We are hoping that common sense will prevail and that the students will allow things to get back to normal. We will maintain a close watch and make sure that no more property is destroyed or damaged in this incident."