Foreign troops arrive in Solomons (BBC, 4/19/06)
Australia troops are arriving in the Solomon Islands to help restore peace after rioting and looting in the capital, Honiara.
Hundreds of demonstrators marched on the government building on Wednesday, demanding the Prime Minister-elect, Snyder Rini, stand down.
Parts of Honiara are in ruins following rioting on Tuesday, and demonstrators have threatened more destruction.
Mr Rini denies claims he is corrupt and favours Chinese businessmen.
Much of Honiara’s Chinatown area was razed overnight and some families were forced to jump from burning buildings. Police have imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city. […]
Some 180 Australian soldiers and police have begun arriving in the country to try to impose order after a written request from the Solomons government. A smaller contingent of additional New Zealand peacekeepers are set to arrive on Thursday.
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