Papua New Guinea police have deployed extra officers to Alotau to contain unrest following a fatal car accident.
Tensions spilled over in the capital of Milne Bay province yesterday after at least three people died in Monday’s accident involving a policeman.
With a fourth victim of the accident fought for his life in hospital, local people staged a protest march against the alleged hit-and-run, with family of the victims calling for compensation for the deaths.
When gunshots were heard near the protest, police fired warning shots at the protesters, sparking scenes of chaos and rioting.
A Police Mobile Squad team has been dispatched to Alotau to restore law and order.
The local MP, deputy prime minister Charls Abel, called for calm.
Residents of the tourist town have been advised to remain indoors because of the situation.
All shops, schools, and business houses have temporarily closed.