Residents have posted in Facebook clear evidence of the abuse at gunpoint. A group traveling into town to welcome the Prime Minister were ordered at gunpoint to lie on the ground. They were kicked and punched. The group included some children. It is not clear if the children were also assaulted by police.
The Post Courier reported the PNC side of the story ONLY and ignored what the PM’s police bodyguards did.
Hubert Isemba said: "This is what happened in Popondetta Town yesterday. Villagers traveling into Popondetta Town to be part of the Program to open the New Theater been subjected to abuse and threats by Police flown in from Port Moresby. The Villagers were told to disembark from the vehicle they were traveling in and told to lay on the ground and subjected to abuse BOTH physical and verbal"