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New Caledonia: Kanaky mobilise against Nickel mine


In New Caledonia Kanaky environmentalists from anti-mining ecology group Caugern are taking to the streets to protest the construction of a Nickel mine that would cause extensive environmental damage. INCO are the mining corporation.

I received the following message and the photos just today,
"Bonjour à tous,

excellent manif, le message commence à passer, plus de mille personnes dans les rues un samedi, des paroles du coeur, les touristes australiens et néo -zélandais presentes sur le parcours ont appaludis tout comme beaucoup de gens sur les trottoirs qui ont offerts leurs temoinages de sympathie même si 'ils ne pouvaient pas être parmi nous.
Petit incident devant le Haussariat avec un tag INCO sur le plaque en laiton

La mouvement prends l'ampleur jour par jour......................"
which turned into...
"Hello to all, excellent manif, the message begins passing, more than thousand persons in the streets a Saturday, words of the heart, the Australian tourists and neo -zélandais presentes on the journey have appaludis just as a lot of people on the sidewalks that offered their sympathy temoinages very if 'they could not be among us. Small incident in front of the Haussariat with a tag INCO on the veneers in brass The movement takes extent day a day. ..................... "

News Reports:
New Caledonia general strike in third day
"Tuo Chinula says union members are blocking the Goro Nickel headquarters in Noumea, and company spokesperson, Catherine Guillaume says about one hundred employees are affected.

Since yesterday, demonstrators have prevented the company ferry that transports workers between Noumea and the nickel construction site at Goro, from sailing.

Police has lifted a roadblock set up at Saint Louis on a road that leads to the Goro construction site."

New Caledonian group seeks to stop Goro project
"The New Caledonian Kanak group Rheebu Nuu has called for a court injunction to stop the Goro nickel project in the territory’s south, saying the project is illegal.

The action has been taken in France and is being backed by 21 fishermen and farmers in New Caledonia.

The move is based on concern that the two-billion US dollar plant near Yate will cause serious pollution.

The group also says the project goes against human rights provisions guaranteed by France.

It also alleges that the site has been militarised and claims that police are not independent because they use vehicles allegedly provided by the mining company.

In April, Rheebu Nuu activists caused ten million US dollars in damage in an attack on the Goro site which was shut for three weeks."