NZ Government must call in French Ambassador over allegations of crackdown violence!

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Dr David Robie is one of the best Journalists on the Pacific that we have and his must read blog highlighting the brutality of the French crackdown on the Kanak people demands a response from the New Zealand Government!

This sudden eruption of protest follows a corrupt French law allowing French people to vote after only 10 years living there.

This law is a direct attack on Kanak sovereignty, it’s a purely gerrymandering response to ensure a democratic majority to prevent any independence referendum.

While no one else is allowed in there, the French are using heavy handed tactics…

Pacific civil society and solidarity groups today stepped up their pressure on the French government, accusing it of a “heavy-handed” crackdown on indigenous Kanak protest in New Caledonia, comparing it to Indonesian security forces crushing West Papuan dissent.

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A state of emergency was declared last week, at least six people have been killed — four of them indigenous Kanaks — and more than 200 people have been arrested after rioting in the capital Nouméa followed independence protests over controversial electoral changes

In Sydney, the Australia West Papua Association declared it was standing in solidarity with the Kanak people in their self-determination struggle against colonialism.

…we should not as a Pacific Island Nation be standing idly by while the bloody French are giving the indigenous people the bash!

The New Zealand Government must ask the French Ambassador in and put our concerns to them directly.

Calm must come back but there has to be a commitment to the 1998 Noumea Accord which clearly stipulates that only the Kanak and long-term residents prior to 1998 would be eligible to vote in provincial ballots and local referendums. To outright vote against this as the French National Assembly did last week is fucking outrageous and will add an extra 25 000 voters into the election dramatically changing the electoral demographics in New Caledonia to the disadvantage of indigenous Kanaks who make up 42 percent of the 270,000 population.

This was avoidable, but the French are purposely trying to screw the scrum and rig the outcome.

We should be very clear that is unacceptable.

Fuck the French!

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. “.. a corrupt French law allowing French people to vote after only 10 years living there.”
    Sounds pretty reasonable to me. 10 years shows commitment.

  2. But why? We’re good allies with NATO and the French, I’m told. We’re allies with Australia, which is sending troops to murder peaceful Kanak protestors. Why would we call in an ambassador, rather than simply cut ties with these criminal gangs?

  3. Come on Martyn we can only think about one thing at a time and right now it’s Free Palestine, we’ve already forgotten the Ukraine.

    Can these uprisings be scheduled a little bit better please? Perhaps come back to us in a few months, and just hope nothing else happens in between.

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