Shops closed in city

The National,Thursday June 9th, 2016

MAJOR supermarkets and shops throughout Port Moresby were closed yesterday, according to the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
It is believed closure of business operations followed incidents that resulted from confrontation between police and students from the University of Papua New Guinea
A notice from the chamber yesterday said that the business houses were closed as a result of tension within the city.
“Major supermarkets, shops and the majority of business houses are closed throughout Port Moresby. This is for staff to be given the opportunity to get home safely amidst the uncertainty and tension.
“There are so many reports and rumours going around; the majority are unconfirmed. The danger always is that some will take the uncertainty as opportunity to loot and worse.
“It would be irresponsible to say anything other than; please take precaution, get home, stay home, stay safe, call and check on friends, family and loved ones.”
A spokesperson from City Pharmacy group also confirmed the company had closed most of its operations in Port Moresby.
“We closed down most of our stores for our staffs’ safety,” the spokesperson said in an email to The National yesterday.
Meanwhile, Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Alan McLay said it was business as usual in the industrial hub.
“The situation in Lae is normal, with plenty of shoppers and other people going about their general business.
“No shops closed down and there is a big crowd of people in town.
“The Police Metropolitan Superintendent Tony Wagambie Jr spoke to student leaders a short while ago and everything is quiet on campus. The students have been advised not to go outside the campus,” McLay said.