The property of the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands was targeted by rioters, one of the buildings destroyed by fire and thieves

Protesters set fire to a building belonging to the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, with thieves breaking in and causing damage.

Pictures from social media show the fire-ravaged building of Prime Minister Manasi Sogavari’s compound, with items strewn everywhere.

The building was set on fire and is a second home previously rented and not the prime minister’s main residence, which has been declared safe but is under heavy police surveillance.

Freelance journalist based in Honiara, Krisnrita Umano Leung, said that although the city was quieter today, the crowds turned their attention to Mr. Sugavari’s residence.

Garbage is scattered on the sidewalk outside a gate near Manisa Sugavari's property.
The rioters say they “just wanted to do something” to the prime minister’s property.(ABC News: Krisnrita Umano Leung)

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The Solomon Islands government will impose a curfew between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am in the capital until it is rescinded.

Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Mustin Mangau has advised people to go home if they do not have urgent work in the city centre.

“Anyone moving after 7pm will be dealt with.”

Papua New Guinea has deployed 20 police officers and 15 corrections officers to the troubled country at the request of the Solomon Islands government.

They are expected to arrive on Friday afternoon, according to the office of Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marab.

Two buildings in the background with a tree and several potted plants in front of a walled estate.
The main compound of the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands.(ABC News: Krisnrita Umano Leung)

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner David Manning will also accompany security personnel to assess the situation on the ground and hold a press conference later this evening.

On Thursday, a squad of 23 Australian Federal Police officers arrived in Honiara to reinforce the Solomon Police Force, with more to follow in the coming days.

An Australian Air Force plane carrying Australian Defense Force personnel has arrived in the Solomon Islands, according to Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Lachlan Strahan.

It’s the third day of protests in the capital, Honiara, with people continuing to call for Mr. Sugavari’s resignation.

Protests broke out in the country earlier this week The main, but not the only, source of conflict is the government’s decision to shift diplomatic loyalty from Taiwan to China.

The Solomon Islands Department of Public Service has advised all public servants – except for essential services – to stay at home due to the current unrest in the capital.

It also encouraged public officials to ensure they have adequate food supplies at home due to the uncertainty of the current situation.

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