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A blocking roadblock installed on a roundabout in the Montravel district of Nouméa, May 24, 2024.

The state of emergency in New Caledonia is not going to prolong past its authorized period of twelve days. The Elysée introduced, on the night of Sunday May 26, Paris time, the lifting of this distinctive measure from Tuesday May 28 at 5 a.m. in Nouméa (8 p.m. Monday, Paris time).

The finish of the state of emergency should “allow meetings of the different components of the FLNKS [Front de libération nationale kanak et socialiste] and the travel to the roadblocks of elected officials or officials able to call for their lifting”, defined the presidency in a press launch. A state of emergency was established on May 16 in Nouméa (May 15, Paris time) “ to ensure the maintenance of order”three days after the beginning of violence which has, till as we speak, left seven lifeless.

The detonator of those clashes was the adoption in Paris of a reform offering for the thawing of the native electoral physique, that’s to say its growth to individuals established for a minimum of ten years. Supporters of independence, together with the FLNKS, imagine that this thaw dangers “minorize” extra the indigenous Kanak individuals.

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The lifting of roadblocks “necessary” for the opening of negotiations

By loosening restrictions to permit a reestablishment of dialogue on the quite a few dams nonetheless in place, the chief is sending a message to the independence collective CCAT (Cell for Coordination of Field Actions) which is on the forefront of the protest. Because the lifting of those roadblocks is “the necessary condition for the opening of concrete and serious negotiations”recalled the presidency on Sunday.

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The evening from Sunday to Monday in Nouméa and its agglomeration was comparatively calm, even when traces of clashes had been seen within the Vallée-du-Tir district, an independence stronghold, famous a journalist from Agence France- Press. Elsewhere, many dams have been cleared, others are abandoned.

The highway resulting in Nouméa worldwide airport, very degraded in locations, stays plagued by car wrecks. As a outcome, the airport will stay closed to business flights till a minimum of June 2. This will convey the closure of the airport, determined the day after the riots, to nearly three weeks.

The entry roads to Médipôle, the hospital middle positioned within the suburbs of Nouméa, at the moment are safe, which ought to permit higher care of sufferers. Elsewhere in Nouméa, the scenario is usually calm, however below shut surveillance by the police.

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Some 3,500 safety forces deployed on the archipelago

The govt additionally introduced on Sunday the sending “in the next few hours” of “seven additional mobile force units, or 480 mobile gendarmes”. In complete, some 3,500 safety forces shall be deployed on the archipelago, the place two gendarmes died throughout the riots.


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The FLNKS, which requested to “loosen the grip on the main traffic routes”, admitted in an announcement on Saturday that“Today, the main objective of the independence movement is to ease tensions and find lasting solutions for our country”. Emmanuel Macron, throughout his go to to the island on Thursday, gave till the tip of June to the elected officers and political leaders of the archipelago, helped by a “mediation mission” of three senior officers, to search out “a global agreement” Who “can be submitted to the vote of the Caledonians”.

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Traveling to Berlin on Sunday, the top of state additionally certified his feedback revealed the day earlier than, in an interview with the newspaper The Parisian, on the potential of organizing a nationwide referendum on the unfreezing of the citizens. This risk is a straightforward “reading the Constitution” and isn’t “not an intention”he assured.

The World with AFP

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