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Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Potato and sweet potato vendors locked out of Lae Main Market

Western Highlands province vendors selling potatoes and sweet potatoes at the Lae Main Market were locked out by the market management on Monday. This occurred after an incident with market security employees from the Lae City Authority; five guards were injured in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Lae Market manager Gou Sine Tabaray said as the responsible authority overlooking the daily operations of the market and making sure all vendors act accordingly in doing their business, it was his duty to ensure vendor's safety is guaranteed at all times.

Last Saturday some of the vendors crawled under the fence, gained entry into the market and were caught by the security guards. The guards removed them in the market, when the vendors returned a second time, in bigger numbers, they breached the fence and started assaulting the security officers in the market.

Tabaray said the management is treating the matter seriously and putting a stop on the vendors from Mt Hagen selling their produce. Management has stopped all potatoes and sweet potatoes from Mt Hagen vendors from coming into the market.


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