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February 8, 1989
Hundreds of troops reportedly infuriated over the size of a pay raise rampaged through the streets of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, assaulting passers-by and destroying government property. Witnesses in the southwest Pacific nation said the soldiers blocked traffic and attacked journalists before police fired tear gas to disperse them.
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February 9, 1989
Papua New Guinea approved a pay increase for soldiers after hundreds of rampaging troops smashed windows in the Parliament building and overturned cars in the capital of Port Moresby to protest a raise they regarded as insufficient. In an emergency session, the government of the southwest Pacific nation approved a 72% pay boost, to be phased in over three years. The Australian Associated Press said that an average soldier has earned the equivalent of $50 a week.
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