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Clashes between demonstrators and gendarmes during the visit of the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti and the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, in Nouméa on February 21, 2024.

Two large processions, that of the separatists, on one facet, and that of the non-separatists, on the opposite: with 20,000 demonstrators anticipated in Nouméa, two streets aside, this Saturday, April 13 may go down in historical past . In New Caledonia, tensions are nonetheless rising on the political scene.

The nickel disaster is worsening, with the blocking of the federal government's “pact” and the dreaded shutdown on Thursday of the northern mines, caught in a standoff between the shareholders of Socité Le Nickel (SNL), the group mining Eramet and the province led by the separatist Paul Néaoutyine. And the strategy of the provincial elections, to be held by the tip of 2024, places political actors in opposition to the wall – the loyalists now not sit within the New Caledonia Congress, of which they’ve instantly declared the bulk pro-independence “illegitimate”whereas the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS), fearing being put in a minority within the subsequent election, rejects the draft constitutional legislation, geared toward increasing an electoral physique frozen since 2009, at the moment being examined in Parliament .

Nouméa can have extra cell forces than Marseille this weekend, with the Ministry of the Interior sending important reinforcements – two squadrons, or 140 gendarmes. In a local weather of escalation, combined with issues in regards to the future and impatience, clashes have taken place in a number of components of the territory in latest days. Particularly within the commune of Mont-Dore, on the outskirts of the Kanak tribe of Saint-Louis, historic middle of the anti-colonial revolt the place, in line with our info, the police fired 5 hundred grenades on April 8.

“On the path of divisions”

On April 4, the “field action committee” of the FLNKS positioned a tamioc (a Kanak hatchet) on a poll field, throughout a press convention, to protest in opposition to “the Macron method” in present political discussions. A reminder of the symbolic gesture of Eloi Machoro in 1984, on the daybreak of the “events” which might tear the Caledonians aside: this independence activist, then, had damaged an urn to protest in opposition to the draft standing of autonomy drawn up in Paris and to name for a boycott of the territorial elections.

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“We continue to move forward on the path of divisions”, regrets the Caledonian deputy (Renaissance) Philippe Dunoyer. Member of the average proper Caledonia ensemble social gathering, the latter criticizes the tough place adopted by the remainder of the native proper beneath the management of loyalists, together with former Secretary of State Sonia Backès and the opposite Caledonian deputy of the presidential majority, Nicolas Metzdorf. “No one provides directions to confront the opposite, notes Dunoyer. One can all the time doubt the flexibility to regulate 1000’s of individuals. »

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