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An independence supporter in Nouméa (New Caledonia), June 27, 2024.

Firm measures have been taken to regulate the tensions affecting the archipelago. “In order to continue the security efforts carried out by the internal security forces, gatherings will be prohibited from Saturday June 29, 6 a.m. to Sunday June 30, 8 p.m.”, mentioned the excessive fee on Friday June 28 in a press launch. The curfew, in impact from 8 p.m. to six a.m., has additionally been prolonged till Monday July 8.

These measures come as the primary spherical of legislative elections, the place turnout is anticipated to be excessive, is being held on Sunday, June 30 in Noumea. The High Commissioner defined that “the public order situation is[était] improved in recent days » but that “very serious damage” continued to be committed on public infrastructure.

The High Commissioner notably condemned “with the greatest firmness” the hearth on the night time of Thursday 27 to Friday 28 June on the building web site of the primary intervention centre in La Tontouta, close to the worldwide airport, the development of which was about to be accomplished. This undertaking was to accommodate firefighters within the north of the commune of Païta and scale back response instances over a big a part of the archipelago.

Attacks “on firefighters”

More usually, the High Commissioner denounced “all attacks carried out by rioters on firefighters”, on the rise in latest days, based on a number of statements from firefighters in native media. In complete, for the reason that begin of the unrest in New Caledonia linked to the constitutional reform on the unfreezing of the electoral physique criticized by Kanak separatists, 1,520 individuals have been arrested, mentioned the excessive fee.

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This violence, probably the most severe to have occurred within the archipelago for the reason that Eighties, has left 9 useless, based on the newest figures from the authorities, and appreciable materials harm (fires, destruction, looting, and many others.). A resurgence of rigidity occurred after the switch to mainland France, on the finish of final week, of seven independence activists.

The World with AFP

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