Madang, Goroka shops looted
THE anti-Chinese traders’ sentiment that started in
Elsewhere, police in Wewak,
He had also instructed the Department of Commerce and Industry to investigate claims that a number of the Chinese shops hit were operating illegally.
Four Chinese-owned shops in Goroka were emptied of goods and an undisclosed amount of cash in a nasty Sunday reveille when men, women and children ran riot at 6.30am.
At the gateway to the
In Madang on Saturday, however, in another morning raid, three shops were attacked by hordes of people believed to be squatters, at 7.30am.
Looters cleaned out one while three were left just as badly damaged when police arrived.
The incidents, like Lae where rioters came from Saw Dust, Kamkumung,
The Sisiak and Bukbuk settlers were joined by hundreds of other settlers in a force numbering hundreds to attack two new Chinese shops and a kai bar in the heart of Madang town.
Other shops, Asian and national, were forced to close doors.
Police and private security guards were also outnumbered.
Mr Wampe said the people walked into four Asian shops and completely emptied them of deep freezers, radios, TV screens, washing machines and groceries.
The looted shops, which estimated their losses at K250, 000, were PMK restaurant and retail,
Others that were damaged included Hot Spot, Bintangor, SP Brewery and Trukai Industries.
In Madang, provincial police commander Chief Insp Anthony Wagambie said police apprehended 15 youths.
He said settlement youths took cue of the Lae and
Last Friday, Chief Insp Wagambie said he had warned all shop owners in town not to open before 8 o’clock on Saturday morning to give time for police to prepare.
So as soon the doors were opened and the youths rushed in and emptied the shop, a routine patrol police responded immediately, he said.
A back-up police Mobile Squad arrived and dispersed the crowd and apprehended 15 suspects.
The looters ran into the market and took refuge among the crowd, stopping police from shooting.
Meanwhile, the Madang town market will remain closed today to control further trouble, ousted governor Sir Arnold Amet said last night.
Sir Arnold also went on Radio Madang to appeal for calm in the province, urging citizens to refrain from causing any further trouble.
He said the provincial government, the Madang Urban local level government and police decided yesterday to close the market to business and appealed to citizens to keep gatherings of people to a minimum to avoid any possibility of trouble.
Traffic in and out of Madang was also being closely monitored, Sir Arnold said.