PM orders call-out expansion

August 18, 2017    
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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has ordered that the security call-out in Hela be expanded to address the unrest in Enga and Southern Highlands.

 
The call-out is allowed under the existing order for Hela, he said in a statement.
“Our patience has ended with troublemakers in both Enga and Southern Highlands,” O’Neill said.

 
“The call-out will enable defence and police personnel to work together to maintain order.

 
“There will be zero-tolerance for any further interruptions to law and order, and community safety.

 
“The behaviour we are witnessing by small groups is totally unacceptable and is impacting on the lives of men, women and children in these areas.”

 
O’Neill warned people seeking to cause disruptions that they would be arrested by the disciplined forces and tried for criminal acts.

 
He said the situation was so different to the relative calm experienced during the recent general election in the Highlands.

 
“Throughout the campaigning and voting periods, we saw a big change in attitude in these areas,” O’Neill said.

 
“It is disappointing that towards the end of counting, we are seeing this unruly behaviour. I call on community leaders to work with the disciplined forces, and help to prevent anti-social behaviour in your areas.”

 
The call-out for Hela early this year was to address the issue of illegal guns and tribal fights before the election process began.

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