Manasseh Sogaware, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) On Friday, “foreign powers” were blamed for days of unrest in the Pacific nation.
why it matters: His government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to China sparked a wave of anger and mass protests and riots in the capital Honiara this week – resulting in Sogaware announcing a lockdown and calling for Australian police to take control. Took away. city friday, Per Reuters,
- Honiara’s Chinatown became a target of robbers and rioters, burning down buildings in the area and along the city limits, AP reports,
What are they saying: Sogaware told ABC that the protesters were “fed with false and deliberate lies about revenge” while blaming unspecified “foreign powers”.
yes but: Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne said in a separate interview with ABC that there were “absolutely” no signs of foreign interference.
On the other end: Critics say the unrest is a result of “lack of government services and accountability, corruption and Chinese businesses employing foreigners instead of locals”, according to the AP.
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