New Caledonia: a man injured by a gendarme died, ninth death since the start of the riots

New Caledonia: a man injured by a gendarme died, ninth death since the start of the riots
New Caledonia: a man injured by a gendarme died, ninth death since the start of the riots

Hit by a gendarme on May 29, a man died of his injuries in Nouméa. This is the ninth death since the start of the riots which hit the archipelago on May 13.


A man, injured on May 29 by a gendarme north of Nouméa, succumbed to his injuries, bringing to nine the number of people who have died since the start of the unrest in New Caledonia, AFP learned on Tuesday from sources close to the matter. and the high commission of the Republic.

The man, who opened fire on the policehad been shot by the GIGN, an elite unit of the gendarmerie, on the evening of May 29 in Dumbéa, and had been hospitalized with a “vital prognosis engaged“. According to the version of the facts relayed on May 30 by the public prosecutor of Nouméa, Yves Dupas, the elite gendarmes, alerted to the presence of a group of alcoholic individuals, found themselves faced with a “fifteen individuals observing very hostile behavior.

One of them fired a rifle towards the members of the GIGN and a gendarme then opened fire.six times towards the shooter“, in “response action“. The shooter had been hospitalized with his “vital prognosis engaged” And “the forensic findings showed the presence of two projectiles, one in the thorax and the other in the shoulder..

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Two open investigations

Two investigations had been opened : one targeting the injured man for “attempted murder of a person holding public authority“, the other concerning a search for “causes of injuries to the arrested man“by the intervention group of the national gendarmerie, according to the prosecutor, affirming to favor the thesis of the “self-defense“. This is the ninth death, including two gendarmes, since May 13 and the start of riots and violence following a constitutional reform project aimed at thawing the electoral body, which is opposed by Kanak separatists..

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