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Outside a police station, in Nouméa, May 18, 2024.

More than 600 gendarmes mobilized on the street to Nouméa airport and ” several hundred “ extra members of the police anticipated within the archipelago: the State is deploying main means, Sunday May 19, to attempt to restore order in New Caledonia.

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Despite a judged night time ” calmer “ by the High Commission of the Republic in New Caledonia, the violence has not fully stopped and the blockages proceed on the archipelago, 4 days after the vote, in Paris, by the National Assembly, of a undertaking of constitutional reform which set the territory ablaze.

The reform goals to increase the citizens throughout provincial elections, however separatists concern that this may marginalize “even more the indigenous Kanak people”. Adopted by deputies and senators, the textual content should nonetheless be voted on by parliamentarians assembly in Congress, until New Caledonian elected officers attain an settlement.

Saturday afternoon, the toll rose with the loss of life of a sixth particular person, a Caldoche (a Caledonian of European origin), in Kaala-Gomen, within the North province. The different 5 lifeless are two gendarmes and three Kanak civilians, within the Nouméa metropolitan space.

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The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, introduced the beginning on Sunday morning of a “major operation with more than 600 gendarmes, including around a hundred from the GIGN”the intervention unit of the nationwide gendarmerie, in an effort to “regain complete control” of the street, round sixty kilometers lengthy, which connects Nouméa to La Tontouta worldwide airport.

The operation consisted of sending a convoy from Nouméa to take away all obstacles on this route. It is made, amongst different issues, of armored automobiles and development tools which clear the passage, initially between the capital of New Caledonia and the city of Païta.

Journalists from Agence France-Presse (AFP) famous that at noon on Sunday, in Nouméa and surrounding areas, visitors for many who needed to go away the town in the direction of the northwest remained hampered. Independentists filter the passage, utilizing quite a few roadblocks, made from stones, varied machines or different objects, relying on the automobiles that current themselves.

Flights to and from New Caledonia have been suspended since Tuesday. On Saturday, the federal government of the archipelago introduced that 3,200 folks had been due to this fact stranded, both as a result of they might not go away the archipelago or as a result of they might not be a part of it.

A “calmer” night time

Resuming management of the airport street due to this fact seems to be a precedence for the manager, particularly since New Zealand introduced on Sunday that it had requested France to have the ability to land planes, in an effort to repatriate its nationals. . “We are ready to take off, and are awaiting authorization from the French authorities to know when these flights can take place safely”stated New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters in a press release.


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“The State is mobilizing to ensure the protection of the population and reestablish republican order”assured, Sunday morning, the High Commission of the Republic in New Caledonia, asserting the upcoming arrival of “several hundred internal security, logistical and operational support and civil security forces”, along with the reinforcements already despatched. He additionally reported an evening ” calmer “. “In total, 230 rioters were arrested” in virtually every week, he stated.

Despite this, through the night time from Saturday to Sunday, the media library within the Rivière-Salée district of Nouméa was set on hearth, in line with the general public tv channel Nouvelle-Calédonie La 1time. Questioned by AFP, the city corridor responded on Sunday morning that it had not “no way at the moment to verify it, the area being inaccessible”.

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“The reality is that there is (…) lawless areas (…) which are held by armed bands, independence bands, the CCAT [la cellule de coordination des actions de terrain]. And in these places they destroy everything”, stated the vice-president of the South province, Philippe Blaise, on Saturday on BFM-TV. The CCAT is a radical independence group accused of inciting the best violence.

Schools stay closed within the Southern province

The mayor (Renaissance) of Nouméa, Sonia Lagarde, estimated on Saturday on BFM-TV that the scenario was “far from a return to appeasement”. “Can we say that we are in a city under siege? Yes, I think we can say that”she added.

The High Commission introduced that the distinctive measures of the state of emergency are maintained – specifically the curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., the ban on gatherings, the transport of weapons and the sale of alcohol, and the banning of the TikTok utility.

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For the inhabitants, touring, shopping for fundamental requirements and in search of healthcare turns into tougher daily. Fewer and fewer companies are in a position to open, and the quite a few obstacles to visitors complicate the logistics of supplying them, particularly in essentially the most deprived neighborhoods.

On Sunday morning, the Southern province, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the archipelago's inhabitants, introduced that each one colleges would stay closed subsequent week. “This time ought to make it attainable to complete securing the tutorial institutions, their entry and to take inventory of the harm in an effort to discover as shortly as attainable the situations for a resumption of instructing, the next week, the place this can be attainable “explained the province.

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