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A rally organized by the Field Coordination Unit (CCAT) in front of the Nouméa court, on May 13, 2024, to support 14 activists accused of obstructing traffic and damaging property.

The Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories Gérald Darmanin strongly questioned their group on Thursday May 16, describing it as “mafia”. Suspected of being the “sponsors” violence which has ignited New Caledonia since Monday May 13, members of the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT) at the moment are the topic of an investigation. This physique, created in November 2023, has led the mobilization towards the thawing of the archipelago's electoral physique for a number of months. Today he’s the topic of virulent criticism however stays little recognized.

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The CCAT takes place inside the complicated balances of the New Caledonian independence motion which is way from being monolithic, between radicals and moderates. The place to begin is the will to attain unity, the one choice thought of doable to have affect within the negotiations to exit the second Nouméa settlement, in 1998, within the face of a authorities then accused by the separatists of getting chosen the tactic of “passage by force”.

A problem. On quite a few events, the query of opening the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) – a rally for independence – to different organizations has been placed on the desk, with out ever managing to search out consensus. The FLNKS brings collectively 4 foremost events: the Caledonian Union (UC), the Palika (Kanak Liberation Party), the Oceanian Democratic Rally (RDO) and the Progressive Union in Melanesia (UPM). But it excludes all different political, union or non secular teams which however signify a major share of the votes in favor of the emancipation of the archipelago. Among these, specifically, the vital Trade Union Union of Kanak and Exploited Workers (USTKE) near the libertarian world, and its political variation, the Labor Party.

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The undertaking of integrating all these pro-independence actions right into a single group then sparked debate. Faced with the procrastination of Palika, which notably feared a dilution of decision-making energy, the UC lastly determined to get round the issue, in mid-November 2023 throughout one in all its congresses, by establishing the creation of the well-known CCAT. The thought then is straightforward: convey collectively as broadly as doable to oppose the constitutional reform geared toward opening up the voters for provincial elections.

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During the very first press convention organized on the finish of November 2023, these chargeable for the unit warned of “the risk that the State runs” with “a strong passage”. These identical phrases shall be tirelessly repeated, all through the peaceable and household mobilizations, in addition to the numerous data conferences held till the start of May.

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