Published On: Thu, Nov 25th, 2021
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Australia Deploys Federal Police, Defence Force to Solomon Islands Amid Unreston November 25, 2021 at 7:10 am

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Australia will deploy Defence Force personnel and federal police to the Solomon Islands in the Pacific “to calm the situation” amid unrest that has seen businesses in the Chinatown district of the capital, Honiara, set on fire. This comes after a planned protest in Honiara on Wednesday led to public disorder that saw the destruction of a leaf hut adjacent to the Parliament, a police station, and a high school. Further unrest on Thursday, reported by witnesses who posted photos and video to social media, showed smoke billowing and destruction in the Chinatown district. “The situation remains volatile with reasonably large crowds on the move,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Thursday afternoon, adding that the Solomon Islands local police force were “stretched.” “We have received reports of more buildings burning on the main road in the centre of Honiara, including a large commercial building and a bank branch. And …

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