Solomon Islands Police Reportedly Enhance Parliament's Security Over Fears of Unrest

© AFP 2022 / MAVIS PODOKOLOPolice stand guard outside parliament on December 6, 2021 as Solomon Islands embattled Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare faces a no-confidence vote, while international peacekeepers deployed in the crisis-hit capital Honiara braced for fresh political rioting.
Police stand guard outside parliament on December 6, 2021 as Solomon Islands embattled Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare faces a no-confidence vote, while international peacekeepers deployed in the crisis-hit capital Honiara braced for fresh political rioting.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.03.2022
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Solomon Islands law enforcement agencies are carrying out crowd control drills ahead of Monday's reopening of parliament, fearing the repetition of pogroms that occurred in the capital of Honiara last November, media reported on Monday.
The training involved the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the Solomon Island Assistance Force, with the Australian forces such as tactical response officers of the federal police also participating, the Solomon Times newspaper reported.
The law enforcement forces have worked out measures for preventing unrest, while the preparations also included patrolling the parliament's premises with the use of helicopters and monitoring the operation of transport, according to the report.
In November, a series of violent protests erupted in Honiara, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The protests were primarily fuelled by residents of the Malaita province dissatisfied with the government's policy of developing relations with Beijing instead of Taiwan.
The unrest claimed three lives, while over 100 arrests were made. The situation was stabilized with the arrival of foreign forces, including troops and police from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
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