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Rebellion in the French colony after the controversial law was passed!

Following the escalation of protests and riots after the announcement of controversial reforms on the island of "New Caledonia", the French authorities imposed martial law on this colonial island.

report Mehr News quoted by Rashatoudi, after announcing the reforms proposed by France in order to change the voting mechanism on the island of New Caledonia, which is considered to be part of the colonial territory of Paris in the Pacific Ocean, the French authorities started to They imposed martial law on this island.

This archipelago, which was colonized by France in the 19th century, has always rebelled and protested against foreign laws throughout history. Their last armed rebellion ended in 1988; When Paris agreed to grant more autonomy to this island.

However, the recent protests have started since Monday morning in response to the proposed reforms in the local voting mechanism. The French National Assembly passed a bill allowing non-native citizens to participate in regional elections in New Caledonia. According to New Caledonian independence activists, this bill reduces the voting power of indigenous people.

Violent unrest on Monday and Tuesday night was accompanied by arson and looting, and local media reported gunfire in Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia.

The Office of the High Representative of France in New Caledonia stated in a statement that referring to the attempt of some prisoners to escape from the prison in Noumea, more than 130 people were arrested and dozens Some of the rebels will be taken to prison and tried.

The French Embassy in New Caledonia has also imposed martial law from 6 pm to 6 am, banning public gatherings, carrying weapons, and selling alcohol. Also, La Tontota International Airport will be closed until further notice.

This office also announced that as a result of the protests, one person has been killed and several others have been injured.

French minister Gérald Darmanin said that more troops have been sent to New Caledonia to restore order and more than 70 officers have been injured. He has described the proposed bill as “a moral imperative for those who believe in democracy!”

New Caledonia, which is one of the French colonial islands in the Pacific Ocean, has one of the largest nickel deposits in the world and is also one of the main bases of Paris in This is the area that America and China are trying to penetrate.

 

© Webangah News Hub has translated this news from the source of Mehr News Agency
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