France intensifies repression regarding events in New Caledonia

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

© APA | Emmanuel Macron, President of France

# 24 June 2024 14:09 (UTC +04:00)

France is investigating the causes of riots in its overseas colony New Caledonia that killed nine people, including two police officers, and injured more than 300, APA reports.

Within the framework of the investigation, one of the accused persons - the organizer of the protests, Christian Tein, was sent to France.

Paris is extremely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, and President Emmanuel Macron appears determined to restore French administration in the region, showing unprecedented firmness.

According to the latest information, it became known that along with Tein, 6 more protesters have been sent to France for trial. They could face charges of armed robbery and attempted murder.

The arrest of the leader of the defense movement in New Caledonia and their transfer to Paris, actually underscore that the official Parisian way of governing has remained unchanged over the centuries. This event recalls the demand of François Toussaint-Louverture, leader of the Haitian rebels who rebelled against the French colonial occupation. Despite achieving peace in 1802, he was arrested at his home and taken to France, where he died in 1803 in Fort-de-Joux castle. Despite more than 200 years passed since this event, France continues to apply similar methods against leaders of freedom struggles in its overseas colonies. This means Christian Tein may face torture far from his homeland, in the metropolis, confront fabricated accusations, and be under serious threat to his life. So far, 11 people have been arrested.

Tein's lawyers claim he is a victim of political games. But French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has said that the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT), headed by Tein, is a "mafia-like" structure.

Dermanin, who claims that Azerbaijan is involved in the events in New Caledonia, has decided not to specify or substantiate his claims this time. Overall, the events in New Caledonia indicate Emmanuel Macron is resorting to dictatorial methods. So far, it appears that French law enforcement bodies will continue their wave of repression until the end. The arrests related to the clashes in New Caledonia could also serve as an opportunity for President Emmanuel Macron to enhance his popularity. Many in France do not consider him a sufficiently tough leader. Moreover, he is accused of failing to protect and maintain France's influence in Africa. In this context, Macron has seized the opportunity to exhibit his tough, dictatorial approach in responding to the protests of the indigenous Kanak people against constitutional changes in New Caledonia. During his visit to Grande-Terre, the main island of New Caledonia, he said that there would be no concessions and that the violence of the protesters was unfounded. France, where human rights were severely violated previously too, had intensified repression ahead of the Olympic Games.

It is interesting that the European Union, the United States, and international human rights organizations, which at every opportunity highlight the violation of human rights in other countries and monitor the ongoing processes under a microscope, are silent about what is happening.

The silence regarding Indigenous peoples' protests, suppression of their rights of freedom, mass arrests, and in some cases, killings in France's overseas territories illustrates the selective approach of the West to human rights violations and shows that their true objectives do not prioritize ensuring rights and freedoms, but rather prioritize geopolitical interests above all else.

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