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New Caledonia - Goro news and urgent action

Published by MAC on 2006-04-12

New Caledonia - Goro news and urgent action

12th April 2006

Global Response wants Inco to respect the wishes of the Indigenous Kanak people as they continue to blockade its Goro project in the French "Overseas Territory" of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Indigenous Kanak chiefs and villagers have been blockading all access to Inco’s Goro nickel project since March 29th. Some mining equipment has been destroyed, though it is not clear by whom, and Inco's claims of damage have risen to $10 million with no documentation yet made public. French colonial authorities have responded by sending troops to attack the blockade and by invoking anti-terrorist measures against at least one Kanak leader.

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