New Caledonia: Regime imposes curfew after day of violent protests against constitutional change

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“New Caledonia has imposed a curfew and banned public gatherings in the capital, Noumea, after a day of protests around the French territory against planned changes to the constitution turned violent, with reports of widespread looting and businesses set on fire. … The protests, which have been simmering for weeks, were organised by the pro-independence field action coordination committee (CCAT), in response to plans by France to expand voter eligibility in local elections to include French nationals who have lived on the island for more than 10 years. The move, which is due to come up for further debate in the French parliament on Tuesday, is strongly opposed by leaders of the indigenous Kanak population, who see it as a bid to further minimise their influence.” (05/14/24)