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Australia to send troops to Solomon Islands



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Images on social media showed government buildings, businesses in Chinatown and a police station being set ablaze in the unrest. REUTERS

Nov. 25: Australia has said it will send peacekeeping troops to the 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 Sogavare.