Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he has received a formal request for assistance to provide safety and security to the Solomon Islands amid an escalation in violent protests.

“A planned protest yesterday in the Solomon Islands escalated into a series of incidents leading to public disorder,” Mr Morrison said.

“The situation remains volatile with reasonably large crowds on the move – the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has been stretched.

“Earlier this afternoon I received a formal request from the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare … for assistance for the provision of safety and security of the Solomon Islands.

“The Australian government has agreed to send a detachment of up to 23 AFP personnel who are deploying immediately to support riot control.

“Up to 50 further AFP will deploy to support security at critical infrastructure.”

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