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23 January 2021
Thursday 10 December 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in National, New Caledonia, Regional
Riots and fires at the port and part of the motorway in Noumea and Nouville in New Caledonia. Photos: POKO CHAPMAN. 20120902
Poko Chapman and her husband who live in Noumea have been forced to pull their kids out of school and stay hunkered down in their homes.
sister Jean Mason, Cook Islands Library and Museum curator, said she has been
keeping in close contact with her sister and her family and has advised her to
get out of New Caledonia.
surprised there's been no mention at all of the stone throwing, car burnings
(40 of them at a local hospital carpark) and riots and fires in town and at the
port area,” Mason said.
reported that cars and tyres have been set on fire in central Noumea and at the
port where there have been clashes between protestors and police using teargas.
have been set up in various parts of the Southern Province.
held off finalising a sale after the French overseas minister last week
organised roundtable discussions via videolink with those for or against the
deal with a new consortium Prony Resources.
who want Vale to instead accept a bid by the Northern Province's Sofinor and
its partner Korea Zinc, clashed with police this week when they broke up a
roadblock near the Vale mine site.
politicians have appealed to the French president Emmanuel Macron to intervene,
warning of an imminent political, economic and social crisis.
said it would shut the plant in a few weeks if a sale failed, which could
trigger thousands of job losses.
lost billions with its New Caledonia plant, which is the region's costliest
- Additional reporting from RNZ