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.

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