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Governors car torched in PNG protest

Governors car torched in PNG protest

Updated 15 February 2012, 14:41 AEDT

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Simbu province was shocked to find his official vehicle was set alight during the country's 36th independence celebrations.

Father John Garia was in the district of Gembolg to announce the funding of a road project when an angry mob threw missiles at him and set his vehicle alight on Friday.

Locals say it was in protest over the provincial government's alleged failure to upgrade a road linking the district to the capital Kundiawa.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speaker: Father John Garia, Governor of Papua New Guinea's Simbu province; Father Michael Olmi, local Parish Priest; Joe Kunda Naur, Provincial Administrator; Chief Inspector John Kale, Simbu's Provincial Police Commander

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