In Paris, a small group of New Caledonian separatists collect each night | EUROtoday

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During a rally called by the Solidarité Kanaky collective, on May 16, 2024, on Place de la République, in Paris.

The assembly is given each night at 7 p.m. Since May 13 and the vote to thaw the citizens for the provincial elections by the National Assembly, separatists have been assembly at Place de la République in Paris. Wednesday May 22, there are solely round fifteen of them on the foot of the central statue. Many introduced a Kanak flag, as an indication of assist. This is the case of Mina Kherfi, member of the Solidarité Kanaky collective and organizer of the day by day grouping.

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Everyone has their purpose for coming right here. For her, it is very important come collectively publicly. To present assist for the separatists 17,000 kilometers away, but additionally to work together with passers-by. “People don’t necessarily understand what’s going on. The problem is complex, so we need to explain it”she signifies.

Pablo Lalie, 28, with a Kanaky-colored t-shirt on his again, got here to alleviate his frustration “not to be there”. “My whole family is there, they give me regular news. They tell me there are gunshots every day”, he laments, angrily. Behind him, a handful of people that got here to assist Kanaky, chant “Kanaky free and independent! »

“Will for independence”

In the background, Christian Fizin, 28, explains his presence in another way. “It is not just to show a desire to support the struggle that we come together. Above all, we need to see each other, to experience this together. It’s like therapy”, says the coed. The younger man, who carries his Kanak flag on his shoulders, is a daily at gatherings, to which he responds “every day, except Sunday”. For him, the present scenario on the Caillou, which the excessive commissioner in New Caledonia judges “insurrectional”is the demonstration of a “sad waste”. “France had shown the way to peaceful decolonization, through dialogue and consensus. But today we see that it didn't work. Some people didn’t believe in this process”he regrets, implicitly focusing on the President of the Republic.

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He, who speaks of his transfer to Paris, to proceed his research, as of a ” sacrifice “unhappy to go away the island the place he was born, affirms that “the Kanaks will never give up their desire for independence”. “It’s a feeling equivalent to that of the French, who never gave up in the face of occupation during the Second World War”he assures.

“A culture shock”

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