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Thoroughly modern PNG

The first thing that springs to mind about this sorry tale is the old adage,”you can take the boy out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the boy!” And so it seems with local attitudes in PNG. This blog is ever quick to expose China’s momentum to expansionism, more recently in PNG. Maybe Australia would be better off saving $541 million each year and let the little shits in Beijing try to tame the local Tarzans who still believe in curses, black magic and burning aircraft costing near $40 million a piece.

Angry supporters of a losing election candidate have set fire to a passenger plane in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands.¬†Witnesses said the Dash 8 aircraft was stopped from leaving the town of Mendi this afternoon and was set alight.

Source: ABC

Angry protesters burn passenger plane after PNG Highlands’ election result

The nursing director of the Mendi Hospital, Anna Anda, said supporters of the losing candidate for the Southern Highlands provincial seat rioted when word of a court decision about the election reached them.

“They just went amok and just burned everything, even the Air Niugini [plane],” she said.

“I can see black smoke coming up, it’s so scary.”

Air Niugini issued a statement confirming the plane had been damaged.

“A Link PNG (their subsidiary airline) DHC-8 aircraft was involved in civil unrest at Mendi airport, Southern Highlands Province today following an election petition decision,” the company said.

“The aircraft has suffered damage when rioters invaded the tarmac, and National Airports Corporation has also closed the airport.”

Air Niugini said passengers and crew got off the aircraft and none were harmed.

The dispute over the provincial seat has already led to deaths in the Southern Highlands and attacks on businesses formerly owned by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Witnesses in Mendi said the mob was trying to burn down more buildings in the new violence.

Mr O’Neill said the Government would hold an emergency meeting of its National Security Council and respond to the violence.

“The actions we have seen today in Mendi are an absolute disgrace,” he said.

“A state of emergency will be declared, and additional security forces are being deployed to prevent further unlawful behaviour.

“Those involved will be detained by police and prosecuted.”

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 15/06/2018, 6:30 am

    PNG. Same ‘ole, same ‘ole.

    • Deano 15/06/2018, 10:04 am

      But surely Pete if we keep doing the same thing as we’ve always done, won’t we get a different result?

      • Pensioner Pete 15/06/2018, 3:32 pm

        Deano: What you say can be well applied to Aussie voters, they keep voting the same major parties in, expecting a different outcome. Never happens, EVER!!. I am led to believe, this type of behavior of doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result, is a definition of insanity.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 15/06/2018, 10:39 am

      Thank you Gough. Remember when it was reasonably civilised?

  • Lorraine 15/06/2018, 6:40 am

    black fuzzy snowflakes, the left are so stupid the world over

  • luk1955 15/06/2018, 6:46 am

    Tolerance in the land of the people eating hairy monkeys.

    • Pensioner Pete 15/06/2018, 6:57 am

      luk: And in the remote highlands, eating each other.

      • Zoltan 15/06/2018, 7:25 am

        Like you PP, my immediate reaction to the headline was to think “lightly sauteed heads with a raspberry jus”, can’t get a lot more modern than that.

      • Ian 15/06/2018, 7:49 am

        You do know that they don’t eat clowns, don’t you?

  • GTD 15/06/2018, 7:29 am

    Still living in the ROCK ages.

  • Popular Front 15/06/2018, 8:31 am

    I agree totally. Slash aid to the absolute bare minimum. 540+ million? What do we actually GET for that? I demand to know because some of that is MY hardearned and I’ve never had a ‘thank you’ card from any fuzzy wuzzy. If the Chinese wish to fill the void by our absence then let them. Try running the country, we’ll sit back and watch and laugh as the Highland locals discover the enjoyment of Chinese food.

  • bushwanker 15/06/2018, 9:22 am

    Seems to me it’s more likely a case of an angry fed-up population reacting to the deeds of a completely corrupt & criminal government. The PNG government is rotten to the core.

    • Peter Sandery 15/06/2018, 9:42 am

      You’re on the money from my point of view, bw. After the 2002 electinos I was part of a team that was tasked with getting back up and running, The Hides Transmission Line which carried electricity from the Hides gas to electricity project to the gold mine at Porgera – the landowners in that area, a sparsely populated part of what is now the Hela Province cut down several pylons to disrupt the power supply leading to the shut down of the mine for six weeks. The landowners left notes next to the power pylons they knocked out telling us that they were not protesting against the mine, in fact they welcomed it, but they were sending a message to the National government which as well as collecting taxes from it was a 30% owner of the project. They were after equipment and funding for schools and basic medical centres which they had been requesting for more than ten years.

  • Cliff 15/06/2018, 9:47 am

    Popular Front, you want slash Australian aid to PNG?

    Are you absolutely mad?

    Do you want to gut the Cairns real estate market and put 90% of the hookers from Cairns to Coolangatta out of business?

    • Popular Front 15/06/2018, 12:22 pm

      Funny you should mention that Cliff, I was talking to a mate who is doing his annual trip to Cairns as of yesterday and I said that the last time I was in Cairns (early 80s) Yorkies Nob was a little fishing village a fair way out of town but now it has been absorbed into ‘greater’ Cairns itself. They can’t ALL be from PNG can they? As for the hookers, Aussie blokes should take up the slack as a patriotic duty LOL.

  • Clarion Call 15/06/2018, 10:12 am

    . The natural tribal instincts of the Fuzzies will always surface when local conflicts emerge . They are somewhat like the Iraq and Afghan local natives…never really accepting of traditional western beliefs and values. The governments of the west should leave them be and just get out of the way. Some things will never change.

  • Phil 15/06/2018, 10:25 am

    Why can’t aid to all countries be on a non cash basis? Give them education, hospitals, clean water, energy and infrastructure………. oh hang on, we can’t even provide those facilities properly for our own country.
    Well, you get my drift.
    No cash. Create opportunities for trade so that other countries earn their aid and the donor country gets something in return.
    Aid in the form of cash is bribery and corrupt.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 15/06/2018, 10:48 am

    One day in Moresby we had No 2 (RH engine)cranked up and running and the blades just starting to spin up on No 1 and this kanaka bolted through the blades from behind and took off like a bloody rocket, over the tarmac, over a chain link fence, and in the direction of away. When he eventually turned up a long time later he explained that he had been asleep on the tarmac under the belly, the noise woke him, he opened his eyes and the big red eye of God was staring at him (bottom rotating beacon) so he ran away. I was worried that he might have damaged the prop but he and the prop were unscathed.

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