New Caledonia: nickel sets the south of Noumea ablaze

New Caledonia: nickel sets the south of Noumea ablaze

New Caledonia has been the scene of violence for several days. The plan to sell aefactorynickel crystallizes the tensions between loyalists and separatists. Calm has returnedmaTuesday, December 15.

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On the road to Mont-Dore, south of Nouméa (New Caledonia), the roadblocks set up by the separatists disappeared on Monday, December 14. But every milecar wreckscharred or vandalized stores are all the scars of a week that took place under high tension. It was the announcement of the sale of a nickel plant to an international consortium, Wednesday, December 9, which set fire to the powders.

The burnt down factory

The separatists want the structure to remain under the control of the public power and fearntthe arrival of foreign workers to exploit this resource.On Monday evening, the factory was the victim of an arson attack. Offices,machinery, a stock of tires and oil burned. The fire has been brought under controlDuring the night.The climate now seems to be a little calmerTuesday morning.