Airplane Courthouses Torched In Papua New Guinea Riots


SYDNEY – Armed rioters angered over the failure of a court challenge to the election of a regional governor have burned an airplane on the tarmac in Papua New Guinea’s rugged highlands, and torched houses and government buildings, police and a witness said.

Violence has long ravaged the poor but resource-rich and remote interior of the Pacific Ocean nation, where tribal and land disputes overlay local politics.

The latest outburst, which has prompted the prime minister to send security reinforcements, comes amid a spike in lawlessness since February’s huge earthquake killed at least 100 people, destroying roads and crops and taking out services.

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