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Violent Riots Erupt on the Solomon Islands In Defiance of Lockdown! Did Australia Deploy Troops to Protect CCP Interests?


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Protestors on the Solomon Islands defied a government-imposed lockdown and set fire to buildings in the capital Honiara.

Locals attempted to burn down Parliament as they demonstrated against increasing CCP influence on the sovereign Pacific nation.

Much of the outrage is in response to the Solomon Islands government’s decision to cut ties with Taiwan and establish formal diplomatic relations with China.

To curtail the unrest, the Solomon Islands government requested assistance from Australia.

The Australian government deployed over 100 police and military personnel as “peacekeeping troops.”

Australia’s decision to intervene was interpreted as their support for CCP interests.

Below is some of the chaotic footage from the riots:

Amidst the chaos, a building adorned with Taiwanese flags was left untouched by protestors:

MSN explained the China-Taiwan link to the protests:

Demonstrators from the country’s most populous island, Malaita, had traveled to the capital in a spillover of anger about a host of domestic issues including unrealized infrastructure promises, media reported. They demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

As well as anger about a lack of development, the Solomons government has faced pressure over a 2019 decision to cut ties with Taiwan and establish a formal relationship with China.

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) said between 2,000 and 3,000 protesters took to the streets on Thursday, with some setting fire to buildings and looting stores in the eastern part of Honiara. Thirty six people have been arrested, they added.

Protests broke out on Wednesday evening as parliament resumed over the Prime Minister’s lack of response to a citizen petition filed in August, which included demands for the government to respect the rights of self-determination of the Malaita people, to limit ties with China and to resume development projects in Malaita.

abc.net.au shared these details:

At the centre of a deepening rift between the central government and Malaita Province — the most populous island in the Solomon Islands archipelago —  is, somewhat surprisingly, foreign policy.

Solomon Islands had previously been among only a handful of countries with diplomatic ties to Taipei rather than Beijing — a significant proportion of which are in the South Pacific.

But in September 2019, Mr Sogavare established formal diplomatic ties with China.

The ABC reported at the time that some $US500 million ($730 million) worth of financial aid had been promised by Beijing to the Solomons — one of the Pacific’s poorest nations — in exchange for the move.

This led to Taiwan terminating its diplomatic relations with Solomon Islands after 36 years.

“We sincerely regret and strongly condemn the [Solomon Islands] government’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with China,” Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said at the time.

Malaita Province Premier Daniel Suidani has been outspoken in his opposition of the national government’s decision to switch to China, and South Pacific geopolitical researcher Ed Cavanough said there was evidence that a relationship between the province and Taiwan remained in some form.

Taiwan provided COVID-19 assistance such as personal protective equipment and food aid to Malaita, which Mr Cavanough said was in contravention of national law in Solomon Islands.



 

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