• Short Summary

    As independence nears for Papua - New Guinea, fresh outbreaks of tribal fighting in the highlands are worrying government officials.

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    As independence nears for Papua - New Guinea, fresh outbreaks of tribal fighting in the highlands are worrying government officials.
    In the Chimbu District, near the Central Western Highlands' capital of Kudiawa two-thousand warriors fought for three hours while police and government officials looked on.
    The authorities were unable to stop the battle, which took place mainly near a mountain village.
    The village was set on fire after a breakdown in compensation talks over the death of a young tribesman.
    Rival warriors from the Dinga and Kamenuku clans attacked each other with spears and arrows, and two tribesmen were seriously wounded.
    A thirty-man mobile police squad from Kundiawa was sent to quell the fighting but could only fire a few tear-gas grenades and watch the combatants continue their clash on higher ground.
    Tribesmen said one clan was demanding six hundred pigs and over eighteen thousand pounds sterling (about 40 thousand U.S. dollars) in compensation for the death of the warrior. Fighting began again when the rival tribe refused the demand.
    So far this year, ten people have been killed and at least seventeen people injured in disturbances in the Chimbu District.
    The clashes are causing increasing concern to government officials and come at a delicate time. Papua - New Guinea was administered by Australia until it became self-governing on 1 December 1973. The state is due to become fully independent on 16 September this year.
    SYNOPSIS: Papua - New Guinea -- the result of an attack by marauding tribesmen who clashed over the death of a young warrior in the remote Chimbu District, near the Central Western Highlands' capital of Kundiawa. The fighting is causing increasing concern and embarrassment to Government officials.
    The violence comes at a delicate time. The country was administered by Australia until it became self-governing in 1973 -- and is due to gain full independence this September.
    Security forces were called in to deal with the fighting -- reported to involve two-thousand warriors from two rival clans. But the authorities were unable to stop the battle which took place mainly near mountain village. The tribesmen attacked each other with spears and arrows.
    Two tribesmen were seriously wounded, bringing up to seventeen the number injured in clashes so for this year. Another ten people have killed. The latest clash came after talks on compensation for the death of a tribesman had broken down.
    Tribesmen said one clan was demanding six hundred pigs and over eighteen thousand pounds sterling in compensation over the death of the tribesman. Fighting began again when the rival tribe refused.
    There have now been at least three separate clashed over the death of the man. And seven tribesmen are now being held by the police in connection with his death. Chimbu District Commissioner Jerry Nalau described the situation as far from calm.
    Soldiers managed to fire only a few tear gas grenades and were forced to stand by the watch the latest confrontation, as the tribesmen retreated higher into the hills -- still fighting. Up to four thousand tribesmen were involved in two previous fights.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2T8HW3FJE45FFP7LUZXZ9SNIJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2T8HW3FJE45FFP7LUZXZ9SNIJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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