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dailysabah | French police arrest New Caledonia independence leader, 7 others , 19 June
Christian Tein leads a branch of the Caledonian Union called the Field Action Coordination Cell (CCAT), which organized protest barricades across the capital Noumea that have disrupted traffic, movement and food supplies. He was among the pro-independence political figures who met with French President Emmanuel Macron during his lightning visit to New Caledonia last month. In a statement, Caledonian Union President Daniel Goa urged calm among CCAT protesters and told youth not to respond to what he said was a "provocation."

The French High Commission ["Louis le Franc"] said in a statement that the city center was "free and secure," as media reported many cars leaving. The New Caledonia prosecutor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 08:40:13 PM EST
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