Australia and New Zealand prepare to evacuate first nationals

Australia and New Zealand prepare to evacuate first nationals
Australia and New Zealand prepare to evacuate first nationals

The Australian and New Zealand governments announced on Tuesday, May 21, that they would charter several flights during the day to evacuate their nationals stranded in New Caledonia, while Nouméa international airport must remain closed at least until ‘until Thursday for commercial flights. Australia says it has received permission to take off “Today” two planes, while New Zealand sent a first plane to New Caledonia. Follow our live stream.

The loyalists demand that the reform be maintained. During a joint press conference, the loyalist camp in New Caledonia called for the electoral reform which is setting the archipelago ablaze to come to an end. Those in favor of removing the text “prove the thugs, the looters and the rioters right”; said the non-independence Renaissance deputy of New Caledonia, Nicolas Metzdorf. “Terrorism must not win, violence must not win”added Virginie Ruffenach, president of the Rassemblement-LR group.

The situation is improving, according to the state. “The return to calm continues throughout the territory”, declared the New Caledonian High Commission in its morning update cited by Nouvelle-Calédonie La 1ère. In the field, “1050 ​​gendarmerie, police and civil security reinforcements are already at work and will be supplemented by 600 additional personnel in the coming hours”. Clearing operations on blocked roads “continue”, provide state services. A nighttime curfew is still in effect.

Always tensions. Nouméa and its surrounding area continued to be the scene of clashes on Tuesday morning, and the roadblocks even expanded in places during the night, noted an AFP journalist, to whom several witnesses reported significant detonations. in the Tuband district. On the express road leading to the international airport, the warehouse of an office supply company was on fire, emitting thick black smoke.


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