3 dead, hundreds including cops injured as riots rock New Caledonia


New Delhi: Including more than 100 persons Police Officers and gendarmes, continue Sports injuries In the ongoing unrest in New Caledonia, the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin Said on Wednesday.
Darmanin said authorities had not yet established the “circumstances” that led to one man being shot dead and dozens of homes and businesses torched on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday during riots linked to anger over constitutional reforms. was given.
Meanwhile, an official said three people have been killed in the unrest. Rioting continued, with shops and schools closed on Wednesday after France's National Assembly approved changes to voting rules in the Pacific island.
One person died, along with two others, from gunshot wounds in an industrial area, officials said. High Commissioner Louis Le Franc said that the shot was probably not from law enforcement, but “from someone who was probably defending himself”.
Tension arose earlier this week ahead of a parliamentary vote in Paris on a bill giving French residents who have lived in New Caledonia for a decade the right to run in provincial elections – with local leaders fearing it could dilute the Kanak vote. Could.
French President Emmanuel Macron and New Caledonia President Louis Mapou have both urged peace and dialogue amid the unrest.
After authorities reported that a man had died of a gunshot wound in an industrial area, High Commissioner Louis Le Franc clarified that the bullet was likely not from law enforcement but from “someone who was probably defending himself.” Was”.
The French administration defended the change to voting rules, supported by 351 to 153 MPs, stressing the need for democratic elections in the region.
President Macron proposed negotiations between New Caledonia's pro- and anti-independence factions before ratifying the bill by a special Congress.
The primary pro-independence political entity, the Front de Liberation Nationale Canac et Socialiste (FLNKS), expressed a desire to engage in negotiations and pursue an agreement “that will enable New Caledonia to progress towards self-determination”.
(with inputs from agency)

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