Riots in New Caledonia: after four deaths, deployment of the army and ban on TikTok

Riots in New Caledonia: after four deaths, deployment of the army and ban on TikTok
Riots in New Caledonia: after four deaths, deployment of the army and ban on TikTok

Gabriel Attal announced on Tuesday the deployment of soldiers “to secure” the ports and airport of New Caledonia, faced with a wave of violence, as well as the ban on the social network TikTok.

“Soldiers from the armed forces are deployed to secure the ports and airport of New Caledonia,” said the Prime Minister at the opening of an interministerial crisis unit at the Ministry of the Interior. The high commissioner in this territory, Louis Le Franc, who had requested reinforcements from the army to protect Nouméa airport, for his part “announced a curfew and banned TikTok”, specified Mr. Attal.

The high commissioner in this territory, Louis Le Franc, who had requested reinforcements from the army to protect Nouméa airport, for his part “announced a curfew and banned TikTok”, specified Mr. Attal.

The head of government assured that the state of emergency, established on the archipelago since 8:00 p.m. Paris time (5:00 a.m. in Nouméa), “will be decisive for the return to calm”.

Because “the situation in New Caledonia is serious,” he judged. “For several days, an outbreak of unprecedented violence has been raging, with looting, fires, physical violence on a rare scale – and three deaths among residents” to which is added the death of a gendarme, he said. he recounts.

“It is not acceptable, it is not admissible, nothing can ever justify it,” he insisted.

The government’s “absolute priority” remains “the return to order and calm”, “a condition for any dialogue”, insisted Gabriel Attal.

He also promised to soon invite New Caledonia’s stakeholders to a meeting in Matignon with a view to finding a global political agreement, after the adoption of a constitutional law aimed at expanding the electoral body contested by the separatists.

“We are sparing no means, no effort to allow” this return to calm, the head of government insisted.

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