• Short Summary

    Papua New Guinea riot police escorted Health Minister, Sir Paul Lapun, from his home in a village on the island of Bougainville on Saturday (31 January), after his life was said to have been threatened by secessionists.

  • Description

    Papua New Guinea riot police escorted Health Minister, Sir Paul Lapun, from his home in a village on the island of Bougainville on Saturday (31 January), after his life was said to have been threatened by secessionists.

    Sir Paul was brought safety to the main administrative town of Arawa after an operation involving helicopters to cross areas seeking secession.

    The police had been ordered to rescue Sir Paul by the Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, Michael Somare, after the Health Minister had sent a message saying that he felt threatened.

    But when the police arrived they found Sir Paul safe and in no apparent danger. He protested that he did not want to leave his home, but was eventually persuaded to do so and was flown out by helicopter.

    The Minister later told newsmen that he had been frightened when a truckload of secessionists came to his village after burning down a patrol post. A confrontation lasting three hours followed, but the secessionists eventually drove away.

    Copper-rich Bougainville has been troubled by tensions and violent demonstrations recently, but on Wednesday (28 January) the Papua New Guinea Government and the secessionists announced a truce.

    The Bouganville secessionists unilaterally declared independence from Papua New Guinea last September and have been demanding heavy royalties from Bouganville Copper Ltd., which is controlled by a subsidiary of the British Rio Tinto Zinc group.

    SYNOPSIS: A village on the island of Bougainville -- part of Papua New Guinea -- was the scene of a dramatic helicopter rescue operation on Saturday. Riot police were flown in after a call had been received from Papua New Guinea's Health Minister, Sir Paul Lapun, that his life was in danger. Sir Paul's home is in the village, which is in an area frequented by Bougainville secessionists, who have recently been involved in violent demonstrations against the government.

    The police had been ordered to rescue Sir Paul by Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Michael Somare. But when they arrived they found him safe and is no apparent danger. He protested that he did not want to leave his home, but was eventually persuaded to do so and was flown out by helicopter.

    The Minister said later that he had been frightened when a truckload of secessionists came to his village after burning down a patrol post. A confrontation lasting three hours followed, but the secessionists eventually drove away.

    Bougainville secessionists unilaterally declared independence for their copper-rich island last September, but announced a truce with the government last week.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTAMWYUIKEUTAHW48AFWP0YMK
    Media URN:
    VLVACTAMWYUIKEUTAHW48AFWP0YMK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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