Black Wednesday: PNG’s Tinder Box explodes

Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, is recovering from looting and burning of businesses in its National Capital District (NCD) after members of the PNG Police Force went on strike last month.

“Black Wednesday” resulted in 22 deaths and massive losses to businesses amounting to over K1.27 billion (US$0.33 billion). In its wake are lingering fears that the long-standing development issues that sparked Black Wednesday will continue to pile up, exacerbated by the country’s ongoing governance difficulties and setting up a similar crisis point in the future.

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