Solomon Islands woke up this Thursday confined after the violent protests registered the day before to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who two years ago decided to change his alliance with Taiwan to support China. EFE / EPA / DARREN ENGLAND
Sydney (Australia), Nov 25 (EFE) .- Solomon Islands woke up this Thursday confined after the violent protests registered the day before to request the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who two years ago decided to change his alliance with Taiwan to support China.
The Solomon Times newspaper reported that today in Honaria, the capital of Solomon Islands, an unknown number of looters and protesters have defied the lockdown decreed by Sogavare between Wednesday night and Friday morning.
The measure was adopted after around a thousand people, mainly from the Malaita province, the most populated in the island country, confronted the Police, when they protested outside the Parliament.
The forces of order tried to repress them with tear gas and rubber bullets, in a day in which looting was also reported, as well as the destruction and burning of several buildings in the city, including the secondary school, according to the source.
Local journalist Georgina Kekea yesterday posted on Twitter a video of the cleaning tasks at the Honiara police station, which was completely burned during the day of protests.
The protests respond to increased tensions between the Malaita government, led by Daniel Suidane, and the Sogavare administration, after the prime minister decided in 2019 to withdraw his diplomatic support for Taiwan in favor of China, according to the Solomon Times .
The newspaper indicates that Suidane, who was very critical of this diplomatic decision, argued that bribes were made so that the Sogavare government – who was reelected for the fourth time in 2019 after ruling the Solomon Islands in various periods between 2000 and 2017 – to support China.
This island country, which was the main ally in the region in the Pacific, is made up of almost a thousand islands, has a population of close to 600,000 inhabitants, most of them of Melanesian origin, although there are also descendants of Polynesian ethnic groups. , Micronesia and China.
The Solomons were the scene between 1998 and 2003 of ethnic disputes between rival armed groups that terrorized the nation, causing more than 200 deaths and thousands of displaced people.
These confrontations forced the deployment between 2003 and 2013 of the Regional Assistance Mission for the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) led by Australia, to pacify the country.