16 Jul 2013

Classes cancelled at PNG university's medical campus

3:09 pm on 16 July 2013

Students and staff at the University of Papua New Guinea's medical faculty have vacated the premises and cancelled all classes following an attack by military personnel on Sunday.

The University's Student Representative Council says dozens were injured when soldiers armed with guns, knives and iron bars assaulted students, staff and security officials of the Medical and Health Sciences campus adjacent to Port Moresby General Hospital.

The Council's Vice President, Nou Vada, says the government has responded to a student and staff protest yesterday which gave the government a 12-hour ultimatum to address the issue.

"The Prime Minister has come out with a very strong statement condemning the attack on the medical faculty. And has assured staff and students that those who are responsible will be removed from the forces."

Nou Vada says the medical campus has become a ghost town and students fear returning to class until the government can guarantee their safety.