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New Caledonia: state of emergency triggered to limit the number of deaths ?

The riots in New Caledonia have already started. has caused three deaths since Monday according to the Elysée. Emmanuel Macron wants to trigger a state of emergency on the archipelago to try to put an end to the violence.

The riots continue and the toll rises in New Caledonia. Three people have died since the violence erupted. on the archipelago announced l'Elysée, this Wednesday, May 15, & the outcome of the defense and security council summoned by Emmanuel Macron. The presidential palace also evoked the case of a police officer "very seriously injured", whose vital prognosis is at risk. according to several media.

Earlier this Wednesday, the High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia announced that two people had been killed. you are. One of them died from a gunshot wound. Nouméa, "not from a shot from the police or the gendarmerie, but from someone who certainly wanted to defend themselves" explainedé the representative of the French State çat; the press, without giving more details. No details were provided. given about the other victims.

The violence and riots observed since Monday May 13 in the Pacific territory have left hundreds of people injured according to G&rald Darmanin, including " around a hundred gendarmes who were evacuated while the attack was underway. the ax of their gendarmerie and that they were fired upon at random. live bullets" added the Minister of the Interior.

Macron wants to establish a state of emergency in New Caledonia

Emmanuel Macron spoke with a handful of ministers for more than two hours this Wednesday morning during a defense and security council. summoned emergency. During the meeting, the head of state declared: that "all violence is intolerable and will be the subject of an implacable response to ensure the return of republican order& ;quot; depending on the presidency and the triggering of the state of emergency was probably at the heart of the conversations: ;"The President of the Republic askedé that the decree aimed at declare a state of emergency in New Caledonia is registered with the the agenda of the Council of Ministers which will meet at 4:30 p.m. announced l'Élysée in a press release.

The Head of State reiterates his call for calm throughout the world. the address of the inhabitants of New Caledonia, but also to that of local elected officials. The latter, whether independentists or loyalists, also called for independence. "quiet and à the reason" in a joint declaration. Both the government and local elected officials encourage the resumption of discussions on constitutional reform, the adoption of which will be ignited the powder. The Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, announced face &agrav; the National Assembly that he will propose a meeting date for the parties involved in the conflict in New Caledonia "in the coming hours. & quot;The President of the Republic recalled that the need for for a resumption of political dialogue and asked for to the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories to quickly invite the Caledonian delegations to attend the meeting. Paris", also announced the press releaseé of the Elysée.

The High Commissioner of the Republic evokes an “insurrectional” situation

The authorities fear the continuation and above all an amplification of the violence. "I let you imagine what will happen if militias start to attack “shooting people with guns,” he said. Louis Le Franc, the High Commissioner of the Republic, who describes the situation as insurrectional. Several exchanges of fire buckshot between the rioters and the civil defense groups at Nouméa and Paita" and an "attempted intrusion & the brigade of Saint Michel" have been é censuses.

The tensions and violence affecting the archipelago have been exacerbated. revived by the vote of the National Assembly having adopted the constitutional reform which aims to Expand the local electoral body. A text highly contested by the Caledonian independentist elected officials. Some of them are calling for the text to be withdrawn, judging that calm cannot return as long as the reform in its current version is in the pipeline.

140 arrests à Nouméa

At least 140 arrests took place à Noumea and elsewhere in New Caledonia between Monday and Wednesday according to the High Commissioner of the Republic. 1,800 police officers and gendarmes are on site according to the Ministry of the Interior and 500 other members of the police will be deployed. eacute;s in the next few hours. 

School establishments "will remain closed until September new order" specifies the vice-rectorate of New Caledonia. Tontoura airport remains closed for the time being. to commercial flights. "The time is not serious, it is very serious. If the call for calm is not heard, there will be many deaths in the Noum'a area today. We have entered a dangerous spiral, a deadly spiral" regretted Louis Le Franc during a press conference.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116