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LNew Caledonia is a colony. The UN Special Committee on Decolonization considers it one of many seventeen territories “whose populations do not yet completely administer themselves”. The French authorities prides itself on being European, open, liberal, however with New Caledonia it acts like Napoleon III, it asserts drive. “No violence is acceptable”affirms the president, besides colonial violence, which appears extra acceptable than resistance to oppression.

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For a number of days, our leaders are indignant on the rebellion of Kanak youth, they elevate their voices, they declare a state of emergency, they ship reinforcements. Public buildings are burning, companies are burning, vehicles are burning, and we should nonetheless dare to marvel if the blatant inequality in training, well being, earnings, life itself, isn’t for some cause. factor on this anger. If the appalling insolence of the federal government, thirty years after the Matignon agreements, has not simply woke up a sense of inequality which has very actual foundations and if, deep down, and that is terribly unhappy, all these destructions aren’t the eruptive, chaotic manifestation of a consciousness. Young Kanaks from the outskirts of Nouméa even have a conscience.

Of course, all separatists would like, like all cheap individuals, that New Caledonia didn’t burn. But, to do that, we should first withdraw this mindless reform. We can’t modify the electoral physique with out the settlement of the Kanaks, nor can we separate this query from a world settlement. And then, to interrupt with the staggering asymmetry between the Kanak and Caldoche populations which finds its origin in colonial violence, in conquest, we should share entry to training, jobs, wealth, energy. No separate society can reside peacefully, no colonial society can final without end.

Deeply disoriented society

We can’t have a good time Audin and Manouchian in mainland France and repress the Kanaks; it’s good to have a good time previous resistance, however phrases have to be adopted by actions. Otherwise any homage to the previous turns into suspect, and society finally ends up turning into profoundly disoriented, honoring what it represses, claiming to admire up to now what it oppresses within the current, celebrating dialogue and working towards a brutal coverage, consecrating the rules similtaneously it tramples on them.

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