Canada Solomon Islands: several burned buildings in the capital

09:50  25 november  2021
09:50  25 november  2021 Source:   france24.com

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De la fumée s'échappe d'un magasin en feu à Honiara, dans les Îles Salomon, le 24 novembre 2021. © Georgina KEKEA via Reuters of the smoke escapes from a fire store in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, November 24, 2021.

The inhabitants of the Solomon Islands Braved Thursday the confinement imposed by the government and again demonstrated in the capital, putting fire to buildings. The Prime Minister faces pressure after his decision taken in 2019 to end diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish formal links with China.

Several buildings were burned, Thursday, November 25, in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, according to witnesses, and thousands of protesters have invaded the Chinese district of the city, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

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Witnesses and local media reported a crowd braving the curfew, imposed as a result of the riots of the day before, to go down the streets.

Live retransmitted images have shown flame buildings and plume with a thick black smoke rising above the capital.

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Wednesday, hundreds of people demonstrated, calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, before going to the Chinese district of Honiara, where they Burned a police station and looted businesses until police intervention with tear gas.

As a result of these incidents, Manasseh Sogavare ordered an immediate curfew in Honiara, deploring a "sad and unhappy event aimed at bringing down a democratically elected government".

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He also asked for assistance to Australia who agreed to send a peacekeeping force to "ensure stability and security", according to the words of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

of the protesters from the neighboring island of Malaita would have taken part in these violence to protest against the decision in 2019 to transfer his diplomatic recognition of Taiwan to China .

Inter-ethnic violence, tensions,

riots The Solomon Islands had chosen to recognize Taiwan in 1983 and many people in Malaita maintained close relationships with Taipei. The government of this island has regularly criticized Honiara from getting closer to Beijing.

This Pacific archipelago, independent of the United Kingdom since 1978, had sunk in inter-ethnic violence in the early 2000s. New tensions resulted in the deployment between 2003 and 2013 from a peace force led by Australia .

of the riots broke out in the Chinese district of Honiara during the 2006 legislative elections, following rumors according to the companies close to Beijing had rigged the vote.

The leader of the opposition, Matthew Wale, exhorted Manasseh Sogavar at the resignation, ensuring that the disorders would not cease with a police curfew.

"Unfortunately, the frustrations and anger of the people against the Prime Minister spread over uncontrollably in the streets, where opportunists benefit from the situation," he said in a statement obtained by AFP.

with AFP

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