UPNG students become defenders of the PNG Constitution - IN PICTURES

11/04/2012 11:53

Thousands of Papua New Guineans led by students from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) protested against the O'Neill/Namah government's controversial Judicial Conduct Act and the decision by the PNG Parliament last week to defer the 2012 general election by 6 months. Below are picture highlights from the protest on Tuesday April 10, 2012 at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, PNG.  Pictures by Alexander Rheeney



UPNG students take on the role of defending the PNG constitution as shown in their banner.

It was an endless sea of protesters as thousands of UPNG students continued to march in.

"They are still coming in!" a member of the public muttered as he saw the students.

It was a sea of colour as the students sat in the sun waiting for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

UPNG students' message to the O'Neill government: "Real leaders serve's the people!" 

Repeal the Judicial Conduct Act and cancel the deferral of election now, read the banner.

PNGTUC president Michael Malabag talks to PNG Social Media Network representatives.


Chair of TIPNG Lawrence Stephens, in his akubra hat, keeps an eye on the proceedings.

UPNG SRC president Emmanuel Isaac and union heavies Michael Malabag and John Paska.

PNG Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen appeared calm during the public protest.

We will not accept conditions to repeal the Judicial Conduct Act, says John Paska.

UPNG SRC president Emmanuel Isaac: "The PNG Constitution should not be breached!"

Parliament can easily repeal the Judicial Conduct Act, says PNG lawyer Dr John Nonggorr. 

Parliament-elected PM Peter O'Neill arrives under heavy police escort at the stadium.

PM Peter O'Neill meets Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen at the stadium.

PM Peter O'Neill addresses the protesters but was often booed and shouted down.

Dr Allan Marat, O'Neill's attorney general, gets a petition on behalf of the governor general.

PNG Opposition Leader Dame Carol Kidu in a chat with TIPNG's Richard Kassman.