Peaceful protest staged in Enga

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The National,Wednesday June 15th, 2016

STUDENTS from four secondary schools in Enga are calling on their six MPs to stay out of the Government led by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Students from the Sir Tei Abal, St Paul’s, Four Square and Kopen secondary schools staged a peaceful protest march in Wabag town last Friday to present their petition to their MPs. It was instead received by provincial police commander, acting Superintendent George Kakas.
The police shooting of university students in Port Moresby last week prompted the students to call on their MPs to leave the Government.
Kakas said police could not stop the students because they were outnumbered.
“Police escorted them into the town, allowed the students to express their concerns and present their petition before going back to their respective schools peacefully,” he said.
He said he accepted the petition which he would pass on to the six MPs.
“I warned the students that this is their first and last peaceful protest march in Wabag town,” Kakas said.
He said police would not entertain illegal gatherings or peaceful protest marches in the town regarding national issues.
Meanwhile, he said student leaders from the University of Technology who organised an illegal gathering in Wabag and went on a rampage would be arrested and charged.