Police say LNG protests illegal

PNG police have no respect for people's right to protest

Exxon-Mobil says it respects people’s right to protest – unlike PNG police who love to label any attempt at free speech as “illegal”

Freddy Mou | Loop PNG | February 20, 2017

Provincial Police Commander for Central Province, Superintendent, Laimo Asi has condemned the protest by landowners of portion 152 at the PNG LNG plant site today.

Asi said there is no approval given by authorities to stage the protest.

The PPC, who was at the site this morning told Loop PNG that he had warned landowners not to cause any damage to the plant site but to allow the operation to continue as normal.

He had advised them that the protest was illegal and while the landowners have been reluctant to back off, they promised to do it peacefully.

Asi said his men are on the ground to protect facilities and to ensure the protest does not turn rowdy.

As of the writing of this report, landowners have not taken any action except the sit in protest with placards under the heat of the sun.

The villagers are from Boera, Porebada, Rearea and Papa.

They claimed that the government hasn’t paid their royalties since the first shipment of the LNG in May 2014.

They are demanding the government to look into this and provide answers to their demands.

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Filed under Financial returns, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

One response to “Police say LNG protests illegal

  1. Mavaric

    What happened to freedom of expression, the right to march and be heard, the right to defend traditional lands and properties, and the right to be paid what is rightfully owed to be “Illegal”? Stop the government rot, greedy and corrupt politicians and their cronies and the greedy multi nationals that take the people’s wealth out of the country. Law enforcement agencies are there to protect the citizens not intimidate harass and threaten. Wake up people!!!!!

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