18 Nov 2013

PNG police on alert after rumours of a rally in Port Moresby

10:27 am on 18 November 2013

Police in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, will be on heightened alert today following rumours of a rally in the capital.

The assistant Commander of the National Capital District has warned police will come down hard on anyone who tries to disrupt peace and order in Moresby.

The Assistant Commissioner Jim Andrews says they have made it clear already that in the interest of public safety and good order they cannot allow a protest march to take place in the capital.

He says past experiences have shown that opportunists take advantage of such situations to cause violence to disrupt services, destroy public property and loot.

He says his men will be out in full force to ensure that the rumoured protest march does not take place.

Meanwhile the group behind the rally, Social Media Activism Committee, says people are now being asked to stay home so there won't be any visible protests, and its confident people will get involved.