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Troops, police are sent to Solomons by Australia

Key Takeaway:

  • Australia says it is sending troops, police, and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help anti-government demonstrators.
  • The grouping would include a detachment of 23 police officers and up to 50 more to maintain security at critical infrastructure sites and 43 defense force persons, a patrol boat, and five diplomats.

Australia says it is sending troops, police, and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help anti-government demonstrators within lockdown orders and takes to the streets for the 2nd day in violent protests.

PM Scott Morrison said on Thursday the grouping would include a detachment of 23 police officers and up to 50 more to maintain security at critical infrastructure sites and 43 defense force persons, a patrol boat, and five diplomats.

He says the help comes at the request of his Solomon Islands counterpart, PM Manasseh Sogavare.

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Sogavare declared a lockdown on Wednesday after about 1,000 people protested in Honiara demanding his resignation over a host of domestic issues.

The government said the protesters breached the National Parliament building and burned the thatched roofof a nearby building.

Source-CTV News

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