Following on from the video and Blog Posts about the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone or PMIZ, looks like some people have actually taken to the fight against its implementation. However it appears that their plans for protesting have been foiled by authorities and so they, (Francis Gem), had this to say in this weekends Post Courier:
“Who’s the Tail and Who’s the Dog Here?
After getting approval from both the Governor of Madang and the Provincial Police to hold a peaceful protest march against the proposed ridiculous Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) we were told on Wednesday 7th October that the march could not take place because the Police Commissioner Gari Baki said NO. He was acting on a complaint by strong PMIZ Advocate Gabriel Kapris (currently the minister for Trade and Industry).
Firstly, Mr Baki has no right to stop a public demonstration. The law which Mr Baki is supposed to enforce, clearly allows citizens to assemble and express their concerns. May we remind Mr. Baki and the Members of the current government in Waigani this is STILL and independent and democratic country where citizens have such freedoms. We are very clear some of our neighbours to the North have governments which do not allows its citizens such privilages.
We would certainly hope the current Waigani government and the current police commissioner are not getting advice from their friends to the North nor do we hope they are being influenced by them in how internal PNG matters should be handled. That would be a mistake on many levels.
Because we still believe in our rights as citizens of the democratic Independent State of PNG this is to inform you we will be presenting a petition to the government on Thirsday 15th October at the Provincial Government Office in Madang. The people will rally to express our STRONG opposition to the proposed disaster currently being called PMIZ.
We would like to thank both Governor Sir Arnold Amet and Provincial Police Commander Anthony Wagambie Jr. for your understanding and promotion of democracy; and the rights of the people. We wish your counterparts in Port Moresby understood democracy as much.
This is also to inform the government we have begun formal complaint procedures AGAINST PMIZ to the World Bank through their International Finance Corporation (IFC).
In addition we are about to begin legal action against the parties involved.”
Protest Organising Committee
- Francis Gem (Chairperson)
- James Sungai
- Dolorose Lou
- Hans Angmai
- Frank Don
- Elizabeth K. Gem
- Alfred Kaket
- Francis Sauna