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Chaos and Rioting Break Out in Solomon Islands. Protesters Burn Parliament Over Surrender to CCP Authority. Australia deploys forces

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Chaos and Rioting Break Out in Solomon Islands.

 

Protesters Burn Parliament Over Surrender to CCP Authority. 

 

Australia Deploys Forces.

Solomon Islands Protests: Australia deploys forces as protesters burn Parliament

25 November 2021Updated:25, November : 1:40 pm

The capital of the Solomon Islands is being rocked by violence for a second day, despite a lockdown, with protesters targeting Chinatown as the nation’s embattled leader vowed to hold the perpetrators accountable and Australia said it would send troops to quell the unrest.

Smoke billowed over Honiara on Thursday, a day after protesters demanding the prime minister’s resignation set fire to Parliament and several other buildings.

The escalating riots — fueled by domestic grievances over development priorities and the country’s decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China — led Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to call on neighboring Australia for help. His Australian counterpart pledged to send about 120 soldiers and police officers to keep the peace.

“Our purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes in the Solomon Islands,” Scott Morrison said in a news conference Thursday. “It is not the Australian government’s intention in any way to intervene in the internal affairs of the Solomon Islands. That is for them to resolve.”

Another 50 AFP officers will be deployed to support critical infrastructure tomorrow, as well as 43 Defense Force personnel from Army units based in Townsville.

“Our purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes, within the Solomon Islands, to be able to deal with the various issues that have arisen,” he said.                                                                                                                                             

“It is not the Australian government’s intention in any way to intervene in the internal affairs of the Solomon Islands, that is for them to resolve.”

CHAOS AND RIOTING Break Out on Solomon Islands in Defiance to Govt-Imposed COVID Lockdowns 
 
CHINA IS THE VIRUS

THE FOUL INFLUENCE OF THE CCP IS INFECTING THE WORLD

CCP BLOOD MONENY IS DIRTY, AND IT ALWAYS FINDS ITS WAY TO THE DIRTIEST POLITICIANS

Add the Bogus China virus Plandemic Lockdowns to Your Government Selling Out to the CCP, and you have some Very Pissed Off Citizens.

Of Course, Australia is Supporting the Corrupt Government that has Sided with the CCP Instead of the Citizens and Their Right to Choose for Themselves.

The Solomon Islands capital Honiara was placed under curfew on Wednesday after protesters attempted to storm the Pacific Island nation’s parliament

Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare faces calls to resign over China diplomatic ties

The protest began peacefully, but schools and businesses were shut by the afternoon as crowds tried to enter parliament demanding PM Manasseh Sogavare step down.

Protesters were angry about lack of promised development and the Solomons government’s 2019 decision to cut ties with Taiwan and establish a formal relationship with China
The Solomon Islands capital Honiara was placed under curfew on Wednesday after protesters attempted to storm the Pacific island nation’s parliament, police said.
Police fired tear gas at the protesters, who had set alight buildings, partly burning down a police station and a hut near the parliament building, a police spokesman said.
He was unable to confirm witness accounts that the protest was a failed attempt to topple Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
“A crowd formed in front of the parliament, I don’t know the exact numbers but it was a huge crowd,” he said.
“They intended to make the prime minister resign, that’s the public speculation, but we’re still investigating the motives,” he said. “The important thing is police now have control of the situation and no one is out on the streets.”
He said police were unaware of any injuries.
Video footage shot by onlookers showed police and protesters facing off along a street and columns of smoke rising from torched buildings.
Images on social media also showed crowds looting food from local stores.
Honiara resident Jeremy Gwao said people in the capital were fearful after the dramatic events.
“Many didn’t know there would be a protest and were shocked,” he said.
“There were hundreds and hundreds on the street … and their main aim was to get the PM to step down,” Gwao said. “It was a scary situation and it’s still tense. People at the moment don’t know what’s going to happen and police are trying to keep everything calm.”
The violence reportedly involved a group of protesters who travelled to Honiara this week from the neighbouring island of Malaita.
Their grievances are believed to involve perceived neglect by the central government and lingering dissatisfaction at the Solomons’ decision to switch diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to China in 2019.
Many communities in Malaita had forged deep ties with Taipei and the island’s local government has repeatedly complained about embracing China.
Such inter-island tensions spurred unrest that led to the deployment of an Australian-led peacekeeping force from 2003 to 2017.

Taiwan ends relationship with Solomon Islands after it votes to cut ties.

Pacific nation decides to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing, and Taipei responds by immediately ending 36 years of relations
Shortly before Wu’s announcement, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that the Solomon Island’s cabinet voted on Monday to drop ties with Taipei in favour of relations with Beijing. The agency said 27 members of the cabinet voted in favour of the diplomatic switch to Beijing, with none opposed, and six abstentions.
Slamming the Solomon Islands for betrayal of friendship and allegiance, Wu said the Pacific nation’s prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, had publicly stated that his country would refer to four reports from government agencies, as well as public opinion expressed by civil organisations, before coming to a final decision over the reassessment of the Solomons’ foreign relations with other countries, including Taiwan.
Sogavare and his cabinet, however, ultimately made the decision based on a “Bipartisan Task Force” report, which Wu criticised as “full of fabrications and blatant misinformation”.
“Prime Minister Sogavare has not only broken his own public promise, but also disregarded the fruits of the 36 years of cooperation between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands,” Wu said.
Wu also slammed Beijing for resorting to “dollar diplomacy and false promises of large amounts of foreign assistance to buy off a small number of politicians, so as to ensure that the government of Solomon Islands adopted a resolution to terminate relations with Taiwan before China’s National Day on October 1”.

The Solomon Islands switched recognition to Beijing – but its largest province still favours Taiwan

The September switch is not all rosy, with pro-Taipei sentiment lingering throughout the country, particularly in Malaita
The US is interested in funding infrastructure in the province, complicating existing political divisions in the Pacific nation
The sudden appearance last month of ex-militants on the streets of Malaita, the largest province in the Solomon Islands, sent an unmistakable message to the provincial authorities: drop your opposition to the central government’s switch in diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.
The decision in September marked the loss of the most populous of Taipei’s few remaining allies in the Pacific, drawing praise from Beijing and a sharp rebuke from Washington.
Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani suggested the dozen or so former combatants – who took part in the ethnic violence that convulsed the archipelago from 1998-2003, prompting the intervention of Australian troops and police – had likely been sent on behalf of the Solomon Islands national government to intimidate the province into supporting the switch.
Describing themselves as members of the Solomon Islands Post-Conflict Rehabilitation and Restoration Association, an organization of former militants dedicated to peace building, the group denied being sent by the national government in Honiara. Rather than to intimidate, the men insisted they had come to the province to participate in a public dialogue organized by the central government to discuss the diplomatic switch, which Malaita officials have said was made without proper consultation.
The controversy reflects the simmering tensions between central and provincial authorities that have been brought to the fore as the United States and China vie for influence in a patch of the Pacific both consider to be of major strategic significance.

CHAOS AND RIOTING Break Out on Solomon Islands in Defiance to Govt-Imposed COVID Lockdowns

By Jim Hoft  Published November 26, 2021 at 7:40am

Rioting broke out in the Solomon Islands over the COVID lockdowns. The citizens defied the government-enforced lockdowns and torched the buildings in the capital Honiara.

The locals are also outraged that the government severed ties with Taiwan in favor of the Communist Chinese.

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Australia will deploy more than 100 police and military personnel to aid the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as protesters in the Pacific Island nation defied a curfew to protest for a second consecutive day.

Morrison said Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare had requested Australian assistance, which Canberra’s national security committee quickly approved.

Australia will send 23 police officers immediately to assist with riot control, Morrison said, with a further 50 personnel to enforce security at critical infrastructure.

In Solomon Islands, closer China ties prompt province of Malaita to seek independence vote 9-2-2020

The Solomons last year severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of China but Malaita remains aligned with the US
Malaita has long sought to become its own nation, although it is unlikely an independence vote would be recognized by the central government
The large Solomon Islands province of Malaita said it will conduct an independence referendum after rejecting the Pacific nation’s decision last year to cut its association with Taiwan and establish formal ties with China.
Home to about one-quarter of the Solomons’ population, the US-aligned Malaita has long held ambitions of becoming its own nation, although it is unlikely an independence vote would be recognized by the central government in Honiara, setting up further discord.
Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani said in a statement distributed overnight on Tuesday that Honiara had asserted continued pressure on the province to accept China despite knowing Malaita did not recognize the change in diplomatic ties.
“It is time for Malaita people to see whether they are still willing to be part of a country that its leadership is becoming dictatorial,” Suidani said. “Self-determination is a core of human rights. No power can indefinitely prevent any group from eventually realizing its aspirations, regardless of how difficult it might be and how long it takes.”
The office of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare did not immediately answer questions on Wednesday.

 

Australia to deploy police, military to Solomon Islands as protests spread

SYDNEY/CANBERRA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Australia will deploy more than 100 police and military personnel to aid the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as protesters in the Pacific Island nation defied a curfew to protest for a second consecutive day.

Morrison said Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare had requested Australian assistance, which Canberra’s national security committee quickly approved.

Australia will send 23 police officers immediately to assist with riot control, Morrison said, with a further 50 personnel to enforce security at critical infrastructure.

Morrison said another 43 military troops will be sent to aid Australian police officers.
“Our purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes, within the Solomon Islands, to be able to deal with the various issues that have arisen,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

“It is not the Australian government’s intention in any way to intervene in the internal affairs of the Solomon Islands, that is for them to resolve.”

The deployment of Australian personnel comes amid reports and images shared on social media showing crowds of protesters and burning buildings in the Chinatown district of Honiara.
Many protesters travelled from the most populous province Malaita to the capital because of concern about being overlooked by the national government, according to media reports.

The province opposed a 2019 decision to end diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish formal links with China, resulting in an independence referendum last year which the national government has dismissed as illegitimate.

The Solomons, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the Second World War, experienced major rioting in 2006 following disputed elections, with many Chinese-owned businesses in Honiara burnt and looted.

Sogavare on Wednesday declared a 36-hour lockdown in Honiara after the latest unrest, calling it “another sad and unfortunate event aimed at bringing a democratically elected government down”.

Explainer | Explained: how Taiwan’s Pacific allies are being wooed by mainland China 8-13-2019

Citizens are calling for moral and political solidarity around what seems to be an existential threat.

A third of Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic allies will meet at the Pacific Islands Forum this week
While the question of allegiance divides the group, analysts say leaders are more likely to focus on issues that unite them, like climate change

 



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