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Solomon Islands parliament building burned: Protesters set Parliament building on fire in Solomon Islands

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Honiara (Solomon Islands)

Protesters demanding the Prime Minister’s removal on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean torched the Parliament building and a police station on Wednesday. In view of the heavy violence and looting, the police had to fire tear gas shells and use rubber bullets. To control the situation, a lockdown has been imposed in the capital Honiara for 36 hours.

Protesters have looted several shops, causing great tension in the country. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogaware announced the imposition of a lockdown in the capital in his address to the nation late on Wednesday evening. It is being told that the people of Malata, the most populous island of this archipelago, reached the capital and expressed their anger over many domestic issues. This includes non-fulfillment of many promises to improve infrastructure.

The people of Malata also expressed their displeasure at being left behind in the race for development. The Solomon Islands are facing a lot of pressure after breaking ties with Taiwan in 2019 and formalizing ties with China. Prime Minister Sogaware said that our country has witnessed yet another sad and unfortunate incident in which an attempt has been made to topple a democratically elected government.

PM Sogaware said that I thought that the worst days in history have passed but today’s incident is a reminder that we still have a long way to go. He said that this lockdown will last till 7 am on Friday. During this, those who perpetrated violence will be searched and efforts will be made to ensure that this does not happen in the future. It is being told that the shop of a Chinese person has also been looted.

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