PNG's Police Association supported the attackers and described the government's failure to pay them as a 'slap in the face' of the country's security forces.
"The Police Association is very concerned that after the security personnel (Police, Defence and Corrective Institutions Service) assisted the national government in hosting and delivering a very successful APEC Conference, the APEC allowances are yet to be paid. It is a slap in the face of all the security elements, they had worked diligently and tirelessly to provide effective and efficient security to the twenty-one economies, their prime ministers and presidents, including business delegates comprising some ten thousand plus dignitaries," the Police Association said in a press release.
Leaders from the 21 APEC member states met in Port Moresby last week for a two-day summit. For the first time since 1993, the summit wrapped up without a joint declaration due to disagreements on some controversial points caused by trade disputes.