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‘Intent on destroying the nation’: Solomon Islands PM condemns protesters

HonIara High School in flames on Wednesday night

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The Solomon Islands Herald mentioned the demonstration then moved in the direction of Chinatown, with protesters damaging Chinese outlets, earlier than transferring to the Chinese embassy constructing.

Police stations in Kukum and Naha had been additionally broken.

Authorities responded by imposing a 36-hour lockdown on Honiara residents, set to elevate at 7am on Friday.

“Police will continue with high visibility security operations tonight, tomorrow and beyond to make sure that our streets remain calm and peaceful,” Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Deputy Commissioner Juanita Matanga mentioned.

Freelance journalist Georgina Kekea mentioned the lockdown had not stopped the protesters from taking to the streets on Thursday morning.

“They are now heading, I think, towards the CBD,” she advised SBS News.

“The rioters, the looters, they’re still out there. They managed to burn down the school last night; a few more buildings.”

Damage to Honiara High School

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Honiara High School was lit up in flames and pictures had been heard in social media posts on Wednesday evening.

Charlie, a scholar of the college, mentioned the extent of harm was upsetting to witness.

“There is a lot of damage in the school compound, especially the most [damaged] one is the IT lab… very sad to see as a student,” he advised native radio station ZFM. 

“For me as a leader of the school, [this] caused me to cry last night.”

Prime Minister Sogavare mentioned the “sad and unfortunate” occasions had been designed to “bring a democratically-elected government down”.

He described the gathering as illegal and condemned the protesters.

“They were intent on destroying our nation and destroying the trust that was slowly built among our people,” he mentioned in a nationwide deal with.

He additionally vowed to crack down on these accountable for the protests, saying the authorities’s investigative arm was “at an advanced stage” of monitoring them down.

“I honestly thought that we had gone past the darkest days in the history of our country. But today’s events are a painful reminder that we have a long way to go.”

The unrest is believed to be associated to a 2019 choice by the authorities to modify allegiances from Taiwan to China, amongst different points round social inequality.

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ SmartTraveller issued a warning on Wednesday.

“The situation is evolving in Honiara with civil unrest. Please exercise care, remain where you are if it is safe to do so and avoid crowds,” it mentioned.

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