We have just received the following update from Tumbi:
"Today (22 February) at 5:00pm, LNG police from Komo fired shots at the Haus Krai at Tumbi. It is believed a young boy was shot at, people including the women who were at the house krai of the 25 perished, attacked the police, resulting in damage to 2 police vehicles and the confiscation of 4 guns. The police men were drunk. Locals found 3 cartoons of beer in the police vehicle. According to locals, these LNG police have been illegally selling beer in area despite an alcohol ban ... The policemen were providing security to LNG. They stopped to arrest some drunkards at the house krai but backfired on themselves as they were also drunk."
LNG Watch has repeatedly raised concerns about the close relationship between ExxonMobil, and the RPNGC Mobile Squads in particular. This infamous paramilitary force protect resource operators and their political patrons through brute force. Some of their illicit behaviour has been documented in detail by Amnesty International.
The injustices continue in Tumbi.