after a night of riots in Nouméa, the local government calls for “reason and calm”

after a night of riots in Nouméa, the local government calls for “reason and calm”
after a night of riots in Nouméa, the local government calls for “reason and calm”

The local government of New Caledonia launched an appeal on Tuesday, May 14:has reason and calm” after the riots in Nouméa during the National Assembly’s examination of a constitutional revision criticized by the separatists. At a press conference, the High Commissioner of the Republic has “warned” the rioters. Louis Le Franc reported “tense shots with large caliber weapons, hunting rifles, on the gendarmes”. “There were no deaths”, he said clarified.

A curfew decreed for the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. This curfew will be effective from Tuesday 6 p.m. to Wednesday 6 a.m., announced in a press release.e High Commission of the Republic in New Caledonia. Any gathering is also prohibited in Greater Nouméa, as is the carrying of weapons and the sale of alcohol throughout the archipelago. The 270,000 inhabitants are invited to stay at home.

Violence all day and evening Monday. Violence punctuated the day and evening of Monday, as debates on constitutional reform opened in Paris. At the entrance to Nouméa, a large factory was the victim of an arson attack and completely ravaged by flames. Several supermarkets were looted in the “capital” but also in the neighboring towns of Dumbéa and Mont-Dore.

An explosive constitutional reform. After being adopted by the Senate, this revision aims to expand the electoral body of the archipelago, but gives rise to numerous tensions between loyalists and separatists. Political leaders are struggling to agree on a new status for this territory, after the holding of three self-determination referendums in which the “no” to independence emerged victorious.

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