Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare called for the Lockdown in an address that was broadcast leave on Wednesday, after police previously used tear gas to break in up protests.
People from the country’s most populous island, Malaita, had traveled to the capital in an overflow of fury over a host of domestic problems, including unrealized infrastructure promises, media reported.
“Our nation witnessed another sad and unfortunate event aimed at bringing a democratic elected government down’ said Sogavare.
“I really thought we were gone” past the darkest to dawn in the history of our country, but today’s events are a painful reminder that we have a long way to go.”
A lockdown in Honiara, what would? run until 7 o’clock on Friday, local time, “will allow our law enforcement agencies to fully investigate the perpetrators of Today events and to prevent further lawless destruction,” he said.
As well as looting stores, protesters set fire to a thatched roof building on the terrain of parliament – as it was – and a police station, the prime minister said.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) urged people going to schools and businesses around Honiara to stay home until avoid affected by unrest.
“We want to make sure that our streets, schools and companies will open again soon after the lockdown,” said RSIPF Deputy Commissioner Juanita Matanga in a statement.
“I ask for your cooperation until the situation returns to normal.”
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