Solomon Islands PM blames violent anti-government protests on foreign interference

Solomon Islands PM blames violent anti-government protests on foreign interference

Solomon Islands PM blames violent anti-government protests on foreign interference

The Guardian says Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara for the past three days.

However, critics have also blamed the unrest on complaints of a lack of government services and accountability, corruption and foreign workers taking local jobs. In 2019, Sogavare also angered many, particularly leaders of Solomon Islands’ most populous province, Malaita, when he cut the country’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Australian police began taking control of Honiara on Friday, witnesses said. Tear gas was deployed in Chinatown where looting and the burning of buildings continued on Friday morning and a new curfew was expected to be imposed later in the day, a resident told Reuters.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/26/solomon-islands-leader-blames-violent-anti-government-protests-on-foreign-interference


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