After an attempted assault on Parliament led by demonstrators on Wednesday, November 24, the archipelago’s police instituted a curfew in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
The police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, who set fire to several buildings in the city, including a police station located near Parliament.
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“A crowd gathered in front of Parliament, I don’t know exactly how many (they were) but it was a huge crowd,” Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told AFP.
The track of a potential attempt to overthrow the latter was considered by local investigators.
A rapprochement with China badly perceived in Malaita
Many of the protagonists of this violent demonstration were from the neighboring island of Malaita. They came to protest against the decision taken in 2019 by the state to transfer its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.
In 1983, the government of the Pacific archipelago chose to recognize Taiwan, forging close ties with Taipei.
Independent from Great Britain since 1978, the Solomon Islands experienced inter-ethnic violence in the 2000s. Between 2003 and 2013, Australia decided to deploy a peace force on the territory to ease tensions.