Maasina Rule is another name given to the rebels to British rule from 1944 onwards. Maasina means 'his brother' or 'his sibling' or even 'his friend'. The rebels were influenced by some of the American servicemen, including African-American soldiers, whose humane treatment of and political advice to Solomon Islanders encouraged them to make a stand against the old colonial system. The leaders spread a message of Malaitan independence across the island. Maasina Rule soon spread to all areas of Malaita, and to neighbouring islands, particularly Makira and parts of Guadalcanal. For eight years, the movement dominated the political scene in the central Solomons. This photograph shows two Europeans holding up the flag they had designed for themselves.
Image courtesy of Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia 1893-1978
The Marching Rule Rebellion in the Solomon Islands from 1944 to 1955/56 Article
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