14 Nov 2016

Growing frustration at New Caledonia clashes and road blocks

From , 4:03 pm on 14 November 2016

A resident of New Caledonia's south says residents are getting sick of road blocks formed by clashes between police and armed Kanak men.

Police in the territory have again closed the main road south of Noumea because of clashes, only two weeks after five police officers were shot during a confrontation which led to a three-day road block.

The mayor of Monte-Dore says the latest attacks are being carried out by dangerous and uncontrollable individuals, and Paris has pledged to send extra police to the territory.

Tione Chinula, who lives in Monte-Dore, says the road blocks are preventing people from going to work in the Noumea, and supermarkets and petrol stations are running out of supplies.

She told Jamie Tahana that life in the south has become very difficult.

Kanak and French flags on Ouvea island.

Kanak and French flags on Ouvea island. Photo: AFP