Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Australian troops in Solomon Islands to quell riots

Australian troops arrived in the Solomon Islands Wednesday after riots broke out in the capital Honiara's Chinatown district.

Rioters protesting the election of Prime Minister Snyder Rini injured at least 17 Australian and New Zealand police in clashes that began outside the Parliament House.

The disturbances moved to Chinatown were Rini receives much of his support and more than 50 Chinese shop owners were evacuated.

New Zealand doubled its police presence in the Solomons in response to the unrest.

In 2003, Australia led the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) which helped calm unrest during the term of Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza. An Australian Protective Service officer was killed in Honiara in December 2004.

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