In New Caledonia, unease across the alleged assault on a police officer | EUROtoday

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Saturday 1er June, within the Tuband district, within the south of Nouméa, the curfew ax has been falling for fairly a while. An altercation breaks out between a bunch of “vigilant neighbors”, these residents who arrange barricades after the beginning of the riots in New Caledonia, and a younger police officer who tries to cross one in all them to go to his grandfather's home, as soon as his shift is over.

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From there, the variations diverge. According to info from the NC 1ère channel, the plainclothes police officer was overwhelmed, which prompted him to file a criticism. The report broadcast by the general public channel, nevertheless, aroused a powerful response from the Loyalist group and the Rassemblement-LR who, in a press launch on June 5, defined that “the police officer deliberately insulted the “vigilant neighbors”, intentionally making an attempt to set a lure for them”. They insist on their ” detention “ and their ” cold blood “THE “girdling” simply ready for the police.

The point out of the presence on the scene of Gil Brial, the second vice-president (Loyalists) of the Southern province, outraged the 2 non-independence events. In their press launch, they accuse the tv channel of “ target[er] particularly Gil Brial” and of “cover up the errors of the pro-independence police”.

“They no longer have humanity”

It might be as much as the courts to untangle the threads of this story, after the choice of the general public prosecutor to open an investigation on Wednesday June 5. But it illustrates the unease surrounding these teams of “neighbors” who, confronted with the state's lack of ability to revive order, have banded collectively within the title of “self-defense” to guard their households and their houses. Quickly after the beginning of the rebel on May 13, barricades guarded 24 hours a day have been erected all through the Noumean metropolitan space, filtering visitors in the course of the day and prohibiting it after darkish. The overwhelming majority of them are peaceable, some members show a radicalism which generally pushes different members to go away them and provides rise to quite a few tensions. Not to say the confirmed presence of firearms in these locations.

In non-public teams which have flourished on social networks, it occurs that Kanaks are assimilated to ” animals “ or known as “cockroaches” or extra soberly “k”.

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“There are neighbors who are not that vigilant”, testifies a lady who claims to have been attacked at a barricade after dropping her youngsters off at her former companion's home. Still shocked, she says she was violently insulted and threatened as she was leaving her nursing obligation on the hospital, which had been notably grueling for 3 weeks. For her, “Some people become completely paranoid. They no longer have humanity”. It is just due to the intervention of a “nice gentleman and a child” that she was in a position to proceed on her method, in tears.

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