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A seventh particular person was killed on Friday, for the primary time by a member of the police, in New Caledonia, nonetheless in uncertainty the day after a go to by President Emmanuel Macron, who promised that electoral reform contested by the separatists would “not pass in force”.

The calm noticed over the previous few days is totally relative in New Caledonia. A 48-year-old man was killed on Friday May 24 by a police officer, introduced Nouméa prosecutor Yves Dupas. While they have been driving in Dumbéa, north of Nouméa, two law enforcement officials have been “physically attacked by a group of around fifteen individuals” and one in all them used his weapon, he stated. -he explains.

“In circumstances that remain to be determined, the official would have used his service weapon by firing a shot to escape this physical altercation,” stated the Justice of the Peace.

The police officer, “on whom traces of blows were noted”, was positioned in police custody and the prosecution opened an investigation into intentional murder by an individual holding public authority.

Since the beginning of the riots, the violence had already left six lifeless: two gendarmes, together with one in an unintentional capturing, three Kanaks (natives) and a Caldoche (Caledonian of European origin). None, aside from the unintentional dying, could possibly be attributed to this point to the police.

During his go to on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron met loyalists, in favor of increasing the voters for the provincial elections, and separatists who consider that this measure will cut back their weight.

It was the adoption of this invoice by the senators after which the deputies which ignited the powder and triggered a wave of violence that the island had not seen for 4 many years.

“Resumption of dialogue”

“I am committed to ensuring that this reform does not pass through force,” promised Emmanuel Macron throughout his journey.

But he requested for “the resumption of dialogue with a view to a global agreement” to grant the precise to vote to extra voters by the top of June, in order that it “can then be submitted to the vote of Caledonians”.

Before this deadline, the “objective is to restore order in the days to come”, repeated the pinnacle of state.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) arrives at the central police station in Noumea, New Caledonia, May 23, 2024
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) arrives on the central police station in Noumea, New Caledonia, May 23, 2024 © Ludovic Marin, pool/AFP

In an interview with native media on Friday, he demanded “immediately” “the lifting of all blockades”, the “points of violence” and requested “that there be a clear call for these liftings” from notably separatists from the FLNKS or the Field Action Coordination Cell (CCAT), the collective accused by the federal government of main the riots.

Since they started on May 13, the riots have prompted appreciable harm within the French territory of the South Pacific.

A man walks past a burnt vehicle during a pro-independence road block in the Magenta district of Nouméa, New Caledonia, French Pacific territory, May 22, 2024
A person walks previous a burnt automobile throughout a pro-independence street block within the Magenta district of Nouméa, New Caledonia, French Pacific territory, May 22, 2024 © Theo Rouby, AFP

The state of emergency established on May 16 continues to prevail there: nighttime curfew, ban on gatherings, transport of weapons and sale of alcohol, ban on the TikTok utility.

Waiting for directions

Blockades arrange by the rioters stay in place.

On the east coast of the Big Island, the crossroads between the street which crosses the middle and the one which runs alongside the ocean is thus blocked to all automobiles, besides these of emergency.

In the Montravel district of Nouméa, activists have been ready Friday for an official communication from the FLNKS on “the directives” for the continuation of the motion.

Protesters with Kanak flags on the route of the procession of President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron in Nouméa, New Caledonia, May 23, 2024
Protesters with Kanak flags on the route of the procession of President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron in Nouméa, New Caledonia, May 23, 2024 © Ludovic Marin, pool/AFP

“We are ready to continue the mobilization since apparently the President of the Republic does not want to listen to us,” Yamel, an activist against electoral reform, defined to AFP.

“As long as there is no independence, there will be no security,” warned a 51-year-old activist manning a roadblock in a northern district of Noumea, on situation of anonymity.

“We are all waiting for the FLNKS decision,” stated one of many loyalist leaders, Sonia Backès, on RRB radio. “An agreement is possible if everyone is in good faith,” stated the previous authorities secretary of state, warning {that a} return to calm would take time.

Repatriation flights

Life is slowly returning to the archipelago. “Clearing operations are progressing” on the roads and “around a hundred roadblocks have been neutralized,” reported the High Commission of the Republic.

The Bank of New Caledonia additionally introduced the reopening of 5 of its 18 branches on Friday. Three of them have been set on fireplace.

Map of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean
Map of New Caledonia within the Pacific Ocean © AFP

Some 3,000 law enforcement officials and gendarmes take part in securing the archipelago, “supported by more than 130 personnel from the Raid and the GIGN”, the elite police and gendarmerie items, in accordance with the High Commission.

Since the beginning of the disaster, greater than 350 individuals have been arrested and “60 judicial police officers are working tirelessly to investigate ongoing investigations,” stated the High Commission.

La Tontouta airport stays closed to industrial flights since May 14 and till Tuesday, its operator, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, introduced on Friday.

“There is no reopening planned because (…) the priority objective is to allow the reception of police reinforcements, machines, freight”, argued on BFMTV the Minister Delegate accountable for Outreach. -mer Marie Guévenoux. In addition, the transportation of vacationers to the airport is compromised by the upkeep of sure roadblocks, she added.

Neighboring nations are working to search out methods to evacuate their nationals.

The Vanuatu authorities stated it was organizing the repatriation of some 160 college students throughout the day on Friday. According to photographs from the VBTC tv channel, it was a French navy aircraft which carried out the primary flight.

New Zealand introduced the arrival of fifty of its nationals on Friday morning in Auckland.

With AFP