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KEITH JACKSON

Stop CorruptionTHE PNG ANTI-CORRUPTION Movement for Change will have to toughen up if it’s going to make a difference. A peaceful civil protest planned for today turned out to be a damp squib when organisers called it off after police said they didn’t like the idea.

The protest had been arranged after a growing social  media outcry among Port Moresby’s internet savvy community.

Organisers claim there is growing frustration among the general public over the lack of action by the government in addressing corruption.

They had asked prime minister Peter O’Neill to come to the protest event at Jack Pidik Park to explain the ‘Paraka allegations’ that have triggered political and media controversy in recent weeks.

Jack Pidik Park - not a protester in sight (Martyn Namorong)But it was an invitation Mr O’Neill found easy to ignore.

Instead organisers cancelled the protest after police told them it would not be allowed.

Spokesman Lucas Kiap said people are upset that Mr O’Neill seems to be immune from investigation.

The group says a ’stop work protest’ will be held on Monday.

Apparently this doesn’t require the approval of the police.

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