Over 100 People Arrested In Solomon Islands After Riots In Honiara - Police

Over 100 People Arrested in Solomon Islands After Riots in Honiara - Police

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 27th November, 2021) More than 100 people have been arrested in the Solomon Islands after a wave of riots in the capital of Honiara, police said on Saturday.

The civil unrest in the Solomon Islands started on Wednesday with disturbance in Honiara and demands for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's resignation. The government of Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands opposed the decision of the country's central government to develop ties with China instead of Taiwan. The Solomon Islands requested the Australian government to assist in tackling the unrest.

"The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested more than hundred suspects in relation to the current protest, riot and looting in Honiara," police said in a statement.

Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau called on people to stop the unrest.

"Please stop the looting and burning of infrastructures. Nothing will benefit you with such activities," Mangau added.

On Thursday, Sogavare said that he blames foreign powers for civil unrest in the country prompted by his move to develop relations with China. He added that a switch between diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China is the main source of the conflict, as a populous region in the country has refused to follow the capital in favoring Beijing and severing ties with Taipei.