EHP and Simbu police on alert

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POLICE in Simbu and Eastern Highlands provinces will be on full alert to contain any anti-Asian activities by any individuals or organisations.
Provincial police commanders Supt Joseph Tondop and chief Supt Augustine Wampe yesterday warned that any so-called anti-Asian elements attempting to incite violence would be dealt with accordingly.
The assurance was made following numerous email threats being circulated.
Supt Tondop said Kundiawa was a small town where the “lid would be kept on tightly”, and nothing much would be expected to happen.
“If any so-called anti-Asian campaigners make any attempts, they would be dealt with head on by the police,” he said.
Likewise chief Supt Wampe issued a stern warning during a final parade for this year at the Goroka police station last week that his men would be on full alert both in Goroka and Kainantu where Asians operate shops and other outlets.
“I urge you all to take extra-precaution on the anti-Asian threats facing them and get tough on any elements who try to do anything to any business houses in Goroka and Kainantu towns,” Chief Supt Wampe told police officers from the eight districts.
He later told executives of the Chinese-PNG Friendship Association who donated them fuel and food stuff for the special festive season operation that police would be out in full force to protect not only Asians owned businesses but every outlets.