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Papua New Guinea - The Present Violence

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You may have come across this story this morning (9th June 2016) the content of which I found deeply shocking although unsurprising in view of my studies and travels there. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/09/papua-new-guinea-shootings-at-least-eight-gunshot-casualties-but-no-fatalities-confirmed The author Michael Moran on KarKar Island - happier and more peaceful times. Such a beautiful part of the world and such friendly people. I find the present violence at the university in Port Moresby where demonstrating students have been shot by the police appalling. A  desperate people simply protesting at their perception of corruption. The government and police massive response is tragic, misguided and inflammatory.  It seems Papua New Guinea - well, Port Moresby anyway - has become very dangerous indeed. Although warned from all quarters against doing so, I wandered this city many times chatting to friendly locals entirely without fear. No, not at night.. I