In Nouméa, on the roadblocks of loyalist residents, “we are afraid” | EUROtoday

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On a roadblock erected by residents of the Vallée-des-Colons district, in Nouméa, May 28, 2024.

They put in ” a fire “ this Tuesday, May 28, a brazier positioned on the road, as a result of the New Caledonian nights are getting cool. Since May 15, simply after the outbreak of the rebellion in Nouméa, these neighbors from Vallée-des-Colons, within the southern districts, have taken turns night time and day on a small barricade. In this space the place small properties and social housing coexist, the massive close by Do-Kamo vocational highschool, a Protestant institution which educates many younger Kanaks, has held up. Like the Géant grocery store, spared.

“At the beginning, the dam was just filtering. But we saw a lot of hooded people passing in cars with the Kanaky flag and we blocked it because there is real fear here”says Yohann, an area public official (he didn’t want to give his title, just like the individuals talked about by their first title). “The objective of the others was to burn the Giant”assures Yves, a retiree, for whom “the targets were the economy and the health sector”. His heart specialist, he illustrates, “has lost everything even though 90% of his patients are Melanesians, and he is going to Tahiti”.

Yves admits: ” We are scared. » He attempts irony: “It’s funny to find ourselves in the situation in South Africa, with this very strong anti-White racism”, who has been speaking, according to him, for two weeks. The retiree even fears that the current New Caledonian insurrection marks the beginnings of a possible “major operation, depending on what President Macron does now, with other fronts that could open in Tahiti, Paris, Marseille or elsewhere” – a fantasized vision of a French society threatened by civil and ethnic war, far from metropolitan reality.

“Deterrent effect”

Alain, a former employee of Société Le Nickel, a pillar of the New Caledonian economy, a mining company whose furnaces now threaten to shut down, fears collapse. “If the ovens stop, thousands of people will suddenly lose their jobs and hotheads will take action. We have the impression that Tein [Christian Tein, le chef de la cellule de coordination des actions de terrain (CCAT) indépendantiste] seeks to destroy everything. » A neighbor who arrives on the scene after work at the end of the afternoon indicates that “4,700 employees have already lost their jobs” in this territory of 270,000 inhabitants.

When the violent explosion on the night time of May 13 occurred within the city space of ​​Nouméa, Harold Martin, a loyalist determine, known as on his supporters to react rapidly. “I then invite everybody to make roadblocks, barricades to guard themselveshe assumes. There was additionally a spontaneous motion of individuals. They had been afraid when, on the second night time, they noticed that the industrial space of ​​Ducos and the massive Normandy dock the place half of New Caledonia's medicines are saved. »

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