Australia sending army, police to Solomon amid unrest

Australia says it is sending police, soldiers and diplomats to the Solomon Islands after anti-government protesters defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests.



Canberra, Australia – Australia says it is sending police, soldiers and diplomats to the Solomon Islands after anti-government protesters defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests.



Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that the deployment would include a contingent of 23 federal police officers and more than 50 to provide security at critical infrastructure sites, as well as 43 defense force personnel, a patrol boat and at least five diplomats. Will be included.

He says the aid comes at the request of his Solomon Islands counterpart, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogaware.



Sogaware announced the lockdown on Wednesday after nearly 1,000 people gathered in protest in the capital Honiara to demand his resignation over domestic issues. The government said the protesters ransacked the National Parliament building and burnt the thatched roof of a nearby building.

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