11 Apr 2024

Protest turns violent in New Caledonia's capital

From , 6:03 am on 11 April 2024
A huge cloud of red smoke from SLN’s nickel plant hovered above Nouméa sky on Friday.

A huge cloud of red smoke from SLN’s nickel plant hovered above Nouméa sky on Friday. Photo: SCAL-AIR

Violent clashes erupted on Tuesday in New Caledonia's capital, Noumea between security forces and pro-independence protesters who strongly oppose the nickel pact.

Firearms, teargas and stones were reportedly used during the clash, while protestors were blocking access roads to Noumea, as well as the small towns of Saint-Louis and Mont-Dore.

RNZ Pacific's French Pacific correspondent Patrick Decloitre speaks with Pacific Waves host Susana Suisuiki. 

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