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Civil unrest rocks Solomon Islands as rioters torch government buildings | Revolution Now!

Civil unrest rocks Solomon Islands as rioters torch government buildings

Submitted by Freedomman on Thu, 12/09/2021 - 01:16

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (PNN) - November 26, 2021 - Social unrest rocked the capital of the Solomon Islands for the second day as anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and
burned government buildings.

A lockdown was declared Wednesday after more than 1,000 rioters gathered in Honiara, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare over foreign diplomatic issues. There was no word on what exactly sparked the outburst of violence and or why now.

Dark black smoke filled the sky above Honiara on Thursday after rioters torched Parliament and several other government buildings.

Increasing discontent over Sogavare's unpopular switch of diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China in 2019 appears to be why rioters are upset this week.

The situation continued to worsen as the prime minister made an emergency assistance request to neighboring Australia. About 120 soldiers and terrorist pig thug cops from Australia will be arriving on Friday.

"Our purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes in the Solomon Islands. 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,” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. "We have always been there to help our Pacific family when they have needed us, and this is such a time."

Mihai Sora, a former Australian diplomat to Honiara from 2012 to 2014, said that rapid deterioration in the capital "came as a surprise to many".

"If Australia hesitated, if (it) took days or weeks to consider a response, the situation may have deteriorated to such a low point where recovery would have been difficult," Sora said.

Sogavare rejected criticism in ending relations with Taiwan in favor of Beijing.

The crisis "is influenced and encouraged by other powers," he warned.

"These very countries that are now influencing Malaita [the main island of the nation] are the countries that don't want ties with the People's Republic of China," Sogavare continued.

Hmm, we wonder who the "other powers" are influencing rioters to force the government to have distant ties with China.