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NEW CALEDONIA RIOTS



  May 20, 2024

NEW CALEDONIA RIOTS


 
Where Is New Caledonia?

New Caledonia is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, located between Australia and Fiji. It has been a French territory since the 19th century.

 What Sparked the Unrest in New Caledonia?

The unrest began after lawmakers in Paris voted to change the electoral rolls, allowing more French residents to vote. Indigenous leaders argued that this move would dilute the political influence of the native Kanak people.

Why Are the Indigenous Leaders Protesting?

Indigenous Kanak leaders are protesting because they believe the change in electoral rolls will reduce their political influence and power. They argue that the move is unfair and disregards the agreements made in the past to protect their political rights.

 What Measures Have Been Taken by French Authorities?

French authorities have deployed hundreds of additional police officers to regain control. A night-time curfew has been imposed, public gatherings, carrying weapons, and the sale of alcohol have been banned. Schools remain shut, and Noumea's airport is closed to commercial aircraft.

 What Has Been the Impact of the Riots?

The riots have led to the deaths of five people, including two gendarmes and three Indigenous Kanak residents. Hundreds of people have been injured, and about 200 have been arrested. Many supermarkets are closed, and those that remain open are experiencing shortages because of roadblocks. Photos show significant damage, including flames and smoke billowing from a shopping center and burnt-out cars.

 What Are the Historical Context and Current Developments?

New Caledonia has a population of about 300,000 people, with the indigenous Kanak people making up about 40%. Under the 1998 Nouméa Accord, France agreed to give the territory more political autonomy and to limit voting in provincial and assembly elections to those who were residents then. However, the recent proposal in Paris to grant voting rights to French residents who have lived in the territory for 10 years has sparked the current unrest. This measure requires a change to the constitution and faces further hurdles. The Nouméa agreement allowed for three referendums on the country's future, all of which rejected independence.



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