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Warning to ethnic clash instigators

The National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Silva Sika says those who wish to continue to instigate ethnic clashes will see their homes and communities demolished.

He said this after a mass arrest was done in Gerehu after a fight erupted between the Eastern Highlands and Goilala people living in the area.

“I will not hesitate to demolish the areas that you are residing.

Moving around in public places with weapons shows no respect for the rule of law.

I am happy that the police responded in time to arrest and remove all the weapons from you.

If they had not done that it will be another disaster in the city where innocent lives and properties will be lost or damaged.

The weapons that you had in your possession are dangerous and life threatening so you must be charged for that to show others that carrying offensive weapons and moving in groups in public places is against the law,” Sika said.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested 67 armed suspects who tried to instigate a fight in Gerehu after the death of a man two weeks ago during the State of Origin.

Quick response from the police in Port Moresby had resulted in the arrest of sixty seven armed men at Gerehu Stage 5 this morning.

The men who were armed with bush knives, spears, iron rods were about to start a fight with another group when police were notified who went to the scene and arrested them.

The 67 suspects were then brought to Waigani police station where there were profiled and charged accordingly.

Met Supt said those armed men reside at Banana Block at Gerehu.

He further added that according to police record Banana Block is one of the notorious locations in Gerehu where there is numerous reports of people living there being involved in committing serious crimes such as armed holdups, bag snatching, robberies and other indictable offences.