DIRECT. New Caledonia: a man was killed by a police officer, seventh death on the archipelago since the start of the riots

DIRECT. New Caledonia: a man was killed by a police officer, seventh death on the archipelago since the start of the riots
DIRECT. New Caledonia: a man was killed by a police officer, seventh death on the archipelago since the start of the riots

A police officer shot dead a man this Friday, the day after the head of state’s visit to New Caledonia to try to ease the crisis on the archipelago after a week of riots.

12:38 p.m.

The archipelago still in a state of emergency

“As long as there is no independence, there will be no security,” warned a 51-year-old activist manning a roadblock in a northern district of Nouméa, on condition of anonymity, reports AFP .

Since their start on May 13, the riots have caused considerable damage in the French territory of the South Pacific, again according to AFP. The roadblocks set up by the rioters remain in place.

The state of emergency established on May 16 continues to prevail there: nighttime curfew, ban on gatherings, transport of weapons and sale of alcohol, ban on the TikTok application.

12:17 p.m.

First person killed by a member of the security forces

This is the first time that a person has been killed by a member of the security forces since the start of the riots on Monday May 31, 2024, according to AFP. Since the start of the riots, the violence had already left six dead: two gendarmes, including one in an accidental shooting, three Kanak (natives) and a Caldoche (Caledonian of European origin).

11:46 a.m.

An investigation into the charge of intentional homicide opened

An investigation into intentional homicide by a person holding public authority was opened by the Nouméa public prosecutor’s office. “At this stage, the investigations carried out will be carried out with all the objectivity and impartiality necessary for the manifestation of the truth,” declared the public prosecutor Yves Dupas, in a press release.

11:25 a.m.

Emmanuel Macron had just left the archipelago

The tragedy occurred a few hours after Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the archipelago, a visit aimed at opening dialogue between the different parties. Thursday May 23, the Head of State shared a series of announcements relating in particular to the end of the state of emergency. Find everything you need to remember below:

New Caledonia: end of the state of emergency, “progress point within a month”… what to remember from Emmanuel Macron’s announcements

11:14 a.m.

A man was shot dead by a police officer this Friday

A 48-year-old man was killed this Friday in New Caledonia by a police officer, who had been “physically attacked” by demonstrators, announced the Nouméa prosecutor. This seventh death since the start of the crisis occurs the day after the arrival of Emmanuel Macron.

While they were driving in Dumbéa, north of Nouméa, two police officers were “physically attacked by a group of around fifteen individuals” and one of them used his weapon, explained the prosecutor Yves Dupas. The police officer, on whom marks of blows were noted, was placed in police custody.

11:12 a.m.

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