Buildings burn in Solomon Islands capital amid protests

Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reported Honiara police fired tear gas as crowds of protesters set fire to buildings, including a police station, and looted shops in an eruption of anger at the government.

The protest was led by people from the Pacific nation's largest island, Malaita Province, around 75 miles from the capital. They were demanding Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare step down over failure to deliver promised infrastructure among other complaints, RNZ said.

As well as anger about lack of development, the Solomons government has faced pressure over a 2019 decision to cut ties with Taiwan and establish a formal relationship with China.

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