Australia to send peacekeeping troops to Solomon Islands amid riots

A building burns in Chinatown as Solomon Islanders defied a government-imposed lockdown and protested in Honiara
Images on social media showed government buildings, businesses in Chinatown and a police station being set ablaze in the unrest

Australia has said it will send peace keeping troops to Solomon Islands as riots rocked the capital city of Honiara for a second day.

The violence began on Wednesday when protestors stormed parliament in a bid to topple PM Manasseh Sogavare.

The rioting crowds set fire to government buildings, a police station and businesses in Chinatown.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said the troops would provide stability and security.

He added that he had received a request for assistance from Mr Sogavare.

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