Security force personnel stormed the Papua New Guinea parliament Tuesday over allowances pertaining to APEC Security duties.
Aggrieved personnel ran rampant over the grounds of Parliament after they did not like the response from Commissioner of Police and Commander of the JSTF Gari Baki.
The 300 men and women took over the grounds, removing and assaulting guards and workers who got in their way, one worker was thrown into the fountain pool infront of the Parliament House, and one guard was manhandled and nearly thrown down the stairs.
The front entrance of the House was destroyed with glass broken, the x-ray machine was pushed over, water dispensers, speakers, machines, and flower pots were destroyed. Paintings hung on the wall were dislodged and strewn on the floor by the angry men.
Guards at the Parliament spoke of their confrontation saying that no questions were asked, they were forced to hand over whatever they had in their pockets, with phones and monies removed.
Vehicles parked at the top car park of Parliament had their windscreens broken.
A worker who witnessed the scene said the personnel were confused about the offices but most of the female officers managed to get away from harm.
When asked if they said anything, the worker said that the personnel wanted to know where the offices of the Government Ministers were.
“It was like when they saw us they finally moved away.”
The Opposition wing was destroyed with members of the opposition sitting for a meeting before the Budget response was greeted by armed personnel walking in on their meeting. PACNEWS