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Protesters defy government lockdown order in Solomon Islands

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Demonstrators in the Solomon Islands are defying government lockdown orders to take to the streets for a second day in violent protests. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare had declared the lockdown Wednesday after about 1,000 people gathered in protest in the capital Honiara, demanding his resignation over a host of domestic issues, according to local media reports. The protesters breached the National Parliament building and burned the thatched-roof of a building nearby, the government says. They also set fire to a police station and other buildings. Despite the lockdown announced Wednesday, the violence continued on Thursday with more protests.

Associated Press

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