New Caledonia Road Blockade Leads To Shortages In South

Clashes between armed youth, police leave 10,000 without regular deliveries

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 1, 2016) – A main road blocked by unrest in New Caledonia for three days has led to shortages in the very south of the main island.

Clashes between armed youths and police near St Louis, south of Noumea, left six police officers injured and prompted the authorities to keep the road closed while seeking talks with elders to try to calm the situation.

The road closure between Noumea and Mont-Dore has left more than 10,000 people without normal deliveries of food, medicines and fuel.

Supermarkets have remained closed and petrol stations have run dry.

Small boats are being used to get around the blockade.

The unrest was triggered after police fatally shot a prison escapee in the early hours of Saturday.

Police said they acted in self-defence when he tried to run over a policeman in a stolen vehicle.

Another group of young people briefly blocked the main road from Noumea to the airport in the north of the city, dumping burned cars and firing guns.

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