Australia sends troops and police to the Solomon Islands in the turmoil

Australia said it was sending police, military and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators ignored the blockade order and took to the streets for the second day in a row to protest violently.

CANBERRA, Australia-After anti-government demonstrators ignored the blockade order and took to the streets for the second consecutive day in violent protests, Australia said it would send police, military and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to provide assistance.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that the deployment will include a contingent of 23 federal police, as well as up to 50 contingents that provide security at critical infrastructure locations, and 43 national defense contingents. Personnel, a patrol boat and at least 5 diplomats.

He said that the assistance was provided at the request of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasi Sogavare.

Sogavare announced the blockade on Wednesday, after about 1,000 people gathered in the capital Honiara to protest, demanding his resignation due to a series of domestic issues. The government stated that protesters broke into the National Assembly building and burned the thatched roofs of nearby buildings.

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