Several buildings ablaze in Solomon Islands’ capital riots

Video footage shows a police station in the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara partially burnt and vandalized, and smoke billowing from buildings after protesters attempted to storm the Pacific nation’s parliament and forced the city into a curfew.

HONIARA, Solomon Islands  (AFP) — Several buildings were set alight in the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara Thursday as thousands of protestors swarmed the city’s Chinatown district in a second day of anti-government riots.

Eyewitnesses and local media reported crowds had defied a government lockdown to take to the streets. Live images showed several buildings engulfed in flames and plumes of thick black smoke billowing high above the capital.

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