1 Jun 2024

New Cal policemen facing criminal inquiry following video

From , 6:02 am on 1 June 2024
Police patrol a street blocked by debris and burnt out items following overnight unrest in the Magenta district of Noumea, France's Pacific territory of New Caledonia, on May 18, 2024. Hundreds of French security personnel tried to restore order in the Pacific island territory of New Caledonia on May 18, after a fifth night of riots, looting and unrest. (Photo by Delphine Mayeur / AFP)

Photo: AFP/Delphine Mayeur

Three municipal policemen in New Caledonia are facing a formal criminal inquiry after a disturbing video went viral, allegedly implicating them in violent acts against a Kanak man.

The officers were not part of the French security forces that were sent to the territory to restore law and order, RNZ Pacific understands.

The state of emergency was lifted on Tuesday, following two weeks of deadly and destructive riots.

A Kanak pro-independence activist predicts police brutality, and riots will continue while Noumea is heavily militarised.

Jimmy Naouna, a member of the pro-independence alliance FLNKS, says having a security force of more than 3000 in Noumea is fuelling violence.

Mr Naouna says the territory needs a political, not a military solution.

RNZ Pacific's Margot Staunton asked him what he thought about reports of police brutality on social media.