Solomon Islands Capital in Flames as Violent Anti-Government Protests Escalate

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    November 25, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    The Solomon Islands capital of Honiara is being rocked by violence, arson and civil unrest as throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare clash with authorities. 

    The initially peaceful protests dramatically escalated on Wednesday as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the large crowds that had gathered outside the city’s Parliament House. Public and private buildings including a police station, a high school, a bank branch and a number of Chinese and locally owned shops were later set on fire, and protesters looted shops in Honiara's Chinatown and marched to the Chinese embassy, according to The Solomon Islands Herald.

    Sogavare announced a 36-hour lockdown of Honiara after the violent protests, and on Thursday night Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia would deploy a peacekeeping force to Solomon Islands to assist in “riot control.” The deployment, which follows requests for assistance from Sogavare under a 2017 bilateral security treaty, will include 73 Australian Federal Police and 43 Australian Defence Force personnel.

    Morrison insisted that the deployment was aimed at peacekeeping, and that Australian forces would not intervene “in any way” with Solomon Islands domestic politics.

    “Our purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes in the Solomon Islands to be able to deal with the various issues that have arisen, and that that be done in a climate of peace, stability and security,” he said.

    The demonstrations are linked to ongoing tensions between Sogavare’s central

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