Police storm PNG parliament to demand APEC summit pay:The Asahi Shimbun

Hannah Rogers
November 21, 2018

Security officials stand outside a perimeter fence for a secured area ahead of the Apec Economic Leaders' Week Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.

"They were yelling: "Corrupt government, bloody government" and so on". He also claimed that China had been "taking advantage of the USA for many years" and that the tariffs were an attempt to address the trade balance between the two countries.

The summit was held against the backdrop of increased trade tension between the U.S. and much of the world, especially China.

Construction of an iconic building called "APEC Haus" for the summit was paid for by oil and gas company Oil Search, which operates all of Papua New Guinea's oil fields, in exchange for tax credits.

Most Papua New Guineans eke out a subsistence living and luxury cars are very rare on roads that often require four-wheel drive vehicles.

"It's tense and a lot of people are indoors", said Santee Margis, a union member who represents electricity workers, by telephone from his home just outside the city center. "When that didn't happen, they stormed parliament", he added.

Following the rampage, more than 100 police, military personnel and prison guards waited outside Parliament demanding to be addressed by the government about their allowances, Kramer said.

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Margis was at the courthouse downtown when he saw offices in lockdown and shops shutting, as well as people throwing rocks to smash shop windows and looting.

An employee of Bank South Pacific said that branches closed early and staff were sent home.

A Facebook video he posted of the scene showed smashed pot plants, photo frames knocked to the floor and broken glass and furniture.

Papua New Guinea APEC Coordination Authority chief executive Chris Hawkins said allowance payments to security personnel after a major event would normally take a week.

"The meeting ended two days ago and the security operation is now winding down", he added in a statement to Australian national broadcaster ABC.

Members of the police and correctional service were among the security forces venting their frustrations at parliament, damaging property and allegedly assaulting some staff.

Kramer also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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