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PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A public fund raising campaign has been initiated in Papua New Guinea to help the critically injured students meet their medical fees.

The appeal has been spearheaded by anti-corruption activist Noel Anjo. Anjo on Friday presented 4000 kina from the public contribution to the student representatives in front of the Port Moresby General Hospital’s emergency unit.

Over 40 students were injured during the police shoot out on students last Wednesday. Four students are in critical conditions and are still be-ing treated by doctors at the hospital.

While presenting the funds on behalf of the public, Anjo stressed the need for the public to support students in their medical and legal fees so they can seek justice for what had happened to them.

“As an anti-corruption activist I was part of the team, fighting for the same cause, which is to demand Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down.

“Under O’Neill’s leadership, the country is facing economic crisis and corruption is going from bad to worse,” Anjo said.

He said the students were future leaders and the manner in which the police acted in ambushing and directly shooting live ammunition at them was serious and should not be condoned.

Anjo called on business houses and individuals to assist the injured students who are undergoing medical attention at the hospital and also their legal costs to pursue proceedings against police for unlawfully discharging firearms at them.

Anjo said the students and the civil societies will pursue the call for the prime minister to step down and he said they will not back down or surrender to police intimidation.

- Post-Courier