11 Jan 2024

Looting in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby

From Morning Report, 8:33 am on 11 January 2024

Parts of Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, have been set on fire and looted after members of the police and military went on strike.

About 200 Papua New Guinea police and military personnel protested over unexplained pay deductions to their salaries, triggering sporadic looting in Port Moresby.

Prime Minister James Marape has released a statement calling for calm, while stating that the deductions were caused by a glitch in the Government payroll system.

Our Papua New Guinea correspondent, Scott Waide, spoke with Charlotte Cook.