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World Australia sends forces to Solomon Islands where protesters set fire to Parliament and Chinatown

00:50  26 november  2021
00:50  26 november  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Solomon Islands violence recedes but not underlying tension

  Solomon Islands violence recedes but not underlying tension CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States. External pressures were a “very big ... influence. I don’t want to name names. We’ll leave it there,” Sogavare said.

Australian forces are being deployed to the nearby Solomon Islands as protests stretched into a second day, even after a 36-hour lockdown was imposed, and frustration boils over in the capital of Honiara over a host of domestic grievances.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to send roughly 120 soldiers and police officers for "a matter of weeks" to help quell the unrest that resulted in fires being set at Parliament and buildings in Chinatown, according to the Washington Post.

"Our purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes in the Solomon Islands," Morrison said. "It is not the Australian government's intention in any way to intervene in the internal affairs of the Solomon Islands. That is for them to resolve."

Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests

  Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burned-out building and arrested more than 100 people in this week's violence sparked by concerns about the Pacific nation's increasing links with China. Australian media reported the bodies were recovered late Friday after riots and protests subsided. No other details were given. Authorities imposed a curfew in the capital Honiara, after a 36-hour lockdown ordered by the embattled Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare ended Friday. Sogavare blamed outside interference for stirring up the protests calling for his resignation, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States.

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The violence has been attributed, in part, to growing discontent over domestic issues, such as unfulfilled infrastructure promises. Many of the protesters traveled to the capital from the island of Malaita, where there is growing dismay with a 2019 decision by the nation to break diplomatic relations with Taiwan to establish ties with China, which claims the island democracy for itself.

Among the demands being made by protesters is a call for the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

After buildings were set ablaze, Sogavare issued a statement labeling the riots as a "sad and unfortunate event aimed at bringing a democratically elected government down."

Solomon Islands protests: 3 burned bodies found in Chinatown in Honiara following days of unrest

  Solomon Islands protests: 3 burned bodies found in Chinatown in Honiara following days of unrest Three charred bodies have been found in a burned out building in the Chinatown district of the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara -- the first reported fatalities after three days of violent protests that saw more than 100 people arrested. © Charley Piringi/AFP/Getty Images People walk through the Chinatown district of Honiara on the Solomon Islands on November 26. Police are investigating the cause of their death and their identities, and do not have further information to disclose at this point, Solomon Islands police media officer Desmond Rave told CNN on Saturday.

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Lawmakers from Malaita issued a statement on Tuesday calling on protest leaders and Malaita’s premier, Daniel Suidani, to refrain from unlawful activities.

"We have always been there to help our Pacific family when they have needed us, and this is such a time," Morrison said.

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Solomon Islands PM blames foreign powers for unrest as protests spread .
Solomon Islands PM blames foreign powers for unrest as protests spreadCANBERRA (Reuters) -Foreign countries are responsible for stoking unrest that has led to violent protests in the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said on Friday, as the small South Pacific island country struggles to quell the unrest.

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