Australia Sending Troops to Solomon Islands as Unrest Grows
By DAVID RISING and ROD McGUIRK, The Associated Press
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare declared the lockdown Wednesday after about 1,000 people gathered in protest in the capital, Honiara, demanding his resignation over a host of domestic issues.
The government says the protesters breached the National Parliament building and burned the thatched-roof of a nearby building.
They also set fire to a police station and other buildings. The first contingent left Australia on Thursday.