PM's explanation doesn't satisfy protesting PNG students

2:10 pm on 24 May 2016
Students at the University of Papua New Guinea have been boycotting classes in protest at the Prime Minister refusing to stand down.

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea have been boycotting classes in protest at the Prime Minister refusing to stand down. Photo: Supplied / UPNG4PNG

Protesting university students in Papua New Guinea say they will not back down from their calls for the prime minister to resign.

This is despite Peter O'Neill saying a statement last night that he had no intention of doing so

The detailed written response addressed some of the issues raised in the student petition but said that several of the concerns were before the courts and could not be commented on.

The Vice President of the student representative council at the University of PNG, Arthur Amos, said students across the country remained united in their cause.

"The University of Papua New Guinea, Unitech in Lae, The University of Goroka plus the Vudal University in East New Britain, we are still fighting this fight and we are not going to back down," he said.

"Our demand for a mass withdrawal is still going to happen. And right now we are sending students from the respective provinces to their own provinces to do awareness about the current economic crisis that the country is facing and the continuous abuse of the prime minister's office," said Mr Amos.

Vice president of the UPNG student representatives council, Arthur Amos.

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