ABC NEWS – Pacific Beat / By Max Walden, Edwina Seselja, and Catherine Graue Posted 15h ago15 hours ago, updated 7h ago
Police in Solomon Islands have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse large crowds that turned out in the capital Honiara on Wednesday afternoon demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
The demonstration was linked to an ongoing issue between the national government and the government of Malaita province, which has refused to recognise China.
Around 1,000 people gathered at the gates of parliament, where MPs are currently sitting, and schools closed early as a safety precaution.
Local journalist Gina Kekea told the ABC the protests had surprised most Honiara residents. Buildings were stoned and a traditional leaf hut next to Parliament House went up in flames.
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