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Dozens wounded after PNG police open fire on protesters

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 00:46

Clashes between protesters and police in Papua New Guinea leave dozens injured, after police open fire on a student demonstration. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Running from tear gas... protesters flee after clashes with police in Papua New Guinea. Police opened fire on a student demonstration at a university campus in the capital Port Morseby on Wednesday. Riots were later also reported in the country's Highland cities and on the north coast. Early reports said four people had died, but this number is now unconfirmed. Officials say there have been no deaths. Political unrest has surged in the nation in recent weeks, as people call for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign over corruption allegations. He has issued a statement refusing to step down. Papua New Guinea struggles with endemic violence and poverty, despite a wealth of mineral resources.

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Dozens wounded after PNG police open fire on protesters

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 00:46