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A demonstrator holds a banner during an protest against President Trump’s U.S. visit in Osaka, Japan , Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of large cities throughout Japan on Wednesday to protest a U.S. visit expected to touch on ties with Asian allies and mention North Korea. Photographer: Koji Sasahara/AP Photo
Police have found three people in a burned car during overnight protests in the Solomon Islands, following accusations of a violent attack on Americans at a disputed resort hotel, one of which bore the likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump.
American Richard Anderson has told the Times of London that a group of Australian and Solomon Islanders armed with iron bars and sticks attacked three of his companions in the early hours of Wednesday, several hours after Trump touched down at Honiara’s international airport at 6:16 a.m. local time (5:16 p.m. ET on Tuesday).
In a report earlier, Anderson said an attacker shouted the Trump name as they jumped on his back, sparking global outrage.
A protester holds an American flag during an anti-Trump protest in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, June 7, 2018. The display of the American flag came after the United States’ president Donald Trump arrived in the country for a one-day visit. Photo Credit: Sean Ryan/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters burn Trump flags
On Thursday, two men who claimed to be the injured victims of the assault were filmed alleging they were attacked with rocks by an angry crowd of as many as 400 people.
Several photos of the scenes in Honiara have appeared on social media, with witnesses of the alleged attack wearing orange jail uniforms and huddling under umbrellas under cloudless skies, looking on in horror.
The Solomon Islands government has since condemned the “vile” attack.
“We in the government extend our sincere condolences to the individuals, family and friends of the U.S. men, both injured and deceased,” Honiara Mayor Stephanie Ivery said in a statement.
“This mindless attack, on children and other innocent persons, is deplorable and totally rejected by Solomon Islanders. We will never tolerate such a crime.”
Two other injured, one still in hospital
The U.S. Embassy in Honiara confirmed reports of the incident in a statement Thursday.
“We are aware of the reports that Americans have been injured at Paradise Island Resort,” the statement read. “We are working with local authorities to gather further information.”
A day earlier, police raided Paradise Island Resort and detained eight members of the hostel’s management, CNN affiliate Solomon Star reported. It is unclear why the 12 men and women were arrested.
On Thursday, one of the injured men, who was inside a police vehicle transporting him to the hospital, told reporters he had been beaten, but that he did not know who was responsible.
“I just woke up and at first thought it was a trick, but then I was being dragged and the kids were pushing me. I started resisting,” he said.
Protesters in New Caledonia carry an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against his arrival at Parliament in Noumea, New Caledonia, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Pictured is a protester dressed as Donald Trump holding an American flag. Photographer: B. Stoltmann/AFP/Getty Images
Mayor hopeful of peace
The two other injured men were identified as Lyndon Anderson, 33, and Dorothy Anderson, 34.
According to the report, Lyndon Anderson was still at a local hospital and is in a serious condition. Police described Dorothy Anderson as an “unconscious” but conscious woman who has not yet been visited by family members.
The men have been charged with public nuisance and illegal possession of weapons and their arrests are still being processed, Honiara local Neneta Usau wrote on Facebook.
The incident led to large gatherings of protesters in the middle of the night, including the burning of an effigy of Trump in front of the U.S. Embassy in Honiara. On Thursday, a few buses carrying officials from the United States were blocked by protesters as they approached Independence Square, where the U.S. Consulate is located.
Police in Honiara initially arrested 19 people after the incident, but authorities said 16 were released on Thursday. Two suspects remain in custody, it said.