Six people died after protesters and police clash in response to France’s proposed electoral changes

A new wave of violent protests was registered this Wednesday (May 22, 2024) in New Caledonia. The scenario precedes the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to the territory. The head of state is expected to arrive on the island on Thursday (May 23).

Protesters, in response to electoral reforms recently approved by the French government, erected new barricades, intensifying a confrontation with police. The clash resulted in 6 deaths and significant damage, including looted stores and burned cars.

The capital Noumea has been gripped by ongoing clashes between protesters and police forces. FLNKS (Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front) called for the removal of roadblocks, which restrict movement and food supplies.

The protests are driven by the new electoral reform, which allows French residents of New Caledonia for 10 years to vote in provincial elections. The measure is widely supported by Paris.


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