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Repression of demonstrations against the sale of a nickel plant in New Caledonia
Repression of demonstrations against the sale of a nickel plant in New Caledonia
Credit: By Barsamuphe - Own work / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Employees of the Southern Nickel plant demonstrated in Noumea after the violent evacuation of the plant on Thursday. During several intrusion attempts, the police had to fire their weapons to protect access to this Seveso classified industrial site.

The announcement of the sale of the plant by the Brazilian company Vale caused the anger of the separatists who have been fighting for decades against the plundering of the gigantic mining resources of New Caledonia which is a French overseas collectivity.