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It’s All Falling Apart: Papua New Guinea Riots and Looting

Just as order is being restored in Ecuador under a declaration of martial law and the possible expulsion of thousands of criminals back to Columbia and Venezuela, another nation hits the headlines in a part of the world that few in North America pay much attention to.

Overnight in Papua New Guinea riots erupted in the capital of Port Moresby with violence erupting in the city as its police force went on strike. From Radio New Zealand’s coverage:

Looting breaks out in PNG capital during police and military strike


Shops have been set on fire or looted in parts of Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby as unrest breaks out during a police and military strike.

The protest over unexplained pay deductions to salaries of police, military, and correctional services has triggered sporadic looting in Port Moresby.

About 200 Papua New Guinea police and military personnel have abandoned work for a day to protest.

At 10am (local time) on Wednesday, police and military personnel gathered at Port Moresby’s Unagi oval in protest over what they say are hefty “tax” deductions in the most recent pay period.

The video looks all too familiar like the US in 2020 or Ecuador last night. From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

The protesters attempted to break into the Parliament building in Port Moresby earlier in the day (video via PTV Philippines).

The update tonight via ABC-Australia is grim:

15 people dead in Papua New Guinea after a payroll dispute left an opening for rioting and unrest

And from the Canberra Times:

Papua New Guinea deploys military to stop riots and looting

With all of that being said, it would a period of martial law is about to descend on the capital and quite probably the rest of the nation. But besides a pay dispute, just who or what would have an interest in stirring up unrest in this somewhat isolated from the “mainstream” part of the world?

Maybe, just maybe because CNN or FNC doesn’t cover it, there just might be more to the story than meets the eye; like perhaps vast deposits of copper, gold, and other valuable minerals.

From the Post Courier in Papua New Guinea last summer:

PNG: The island vastly made of gold

Why else would China, the US, and Australia suddenly have such a vast interest in this tiny nation?

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