French repressive policies in New Caledonia have ‘betrayed’ Kanak hopes

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Asia Pacific Report editor David Robie talks to Green Left
Asia Pacific Report editor David Robie talks to Green Left about the Kanaky New Caledonia before the French snap election was declared for June 30 (furst round) and July 7. Image: Green Left

David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific

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Indigenous Kanaks in Kanaky New Caledonia sprang into revolt last month in response to moves by the colonial power France to undermine moves towards independence in the Pacific territory.

Asia Pacific Report editor David Robie spoke to the Green Left Show recently backgrounding the issues involved as the unrest continues.

The pro-independence FLNKS (Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front) postponed its annual congress last weekend as political groups have launched campaigning for the French snap election on June 30 and July 7.

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More than a quarter of a million protesters took part in demonstrations against the threat of a far-right government in France. The controversial constitutional electoral change that provoked the rioting in New Caledonia last month has been suspended, but not withdrawn.

Interviewer: Alex Bainbridge of Green Left
Journalist: Dr David Robie, editor of Asia Pacific Report and deputy chair of Asia Pacific Media Network
Programme: 28min Green Left Show broadcast: 27 May 2024

4 COMMENTS

  1. wouldn’t let me swim in their pool because I was wearing speedo shorts – not possible monsieur – a bit like New Caledonian French democracy. Indigenous majority? not possible monsieur.

  2. The French colonial settlers are attempting to what the British colonial settlers did in Australia and New Zealand, and what the Zionist settlers did in Palestine, make the indigenous popula

  3. The French colonial settlers are trying to do what the British colonial settlers did in Australia and New Zealand and what the Zionist settlers did in Palestine, make the indigenous population a minority in their own land.
    Just as in Australia and to a limited extent in New Zealand and in Palestine today the French settler state will eventually turn to genocide to achieve their settler supremacist aims. And complete their colonial project.

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