The ADF has deployed around 40 personnel from the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 16th Brigade, and 17th Brigade to support the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) officials, and the Solomon Islands Police Force.
A Royal Australian Navy vessel will deploy to the Solomon Islands region to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) with maritime security.
The Australian support follows a request for assistance from the Solomon Islands Government to assist in stabilising the violent situation in Honiara while also protecting key infrastructure.
For the second consecutive day protests have shaken the capital resulting in fires raging and smoke billowing over the city skyline.
The riots, which began as a peaceful protest in Malaita Province, have been triggered by disputes over the country’s leadership. The public is enraged that the Solomon Islands have made a diplomatic shift away from Taiwan and towards China.
The Malaita Province, the most populous island of the Solomon Islands archipelago, has maintained connections with Taipei in defiance of the central government.
Protesters are calling on for the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare as they set fire to huts near the Parliament building.
Many Chinese businesses have also been the target of looting and arson attacks.