Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Honiara, Solomon Islands - 190 of the 230 prisoners at the central prison in Honiara staged a three day sit-in protest demanding private time with their wives and access to television. The demonstration was broken up when police attacked inmates with tear gas, and O.C. spray. Police Commissioner Shane Castles defended the police action by stating, straight-faced, that the sit-in "posed an immediate, life-threatening situation to the officers."