On Wednesday 15 May, one person was shot dead at a roadblock. Two people were also injured by bullets.

Three people were shot on Wednesday 15 May. One of them died as a result of her injuries. According to the High Commissioner, the person who fired the fatal shot was “someone who certainly wanted to defend himself” at a roadblock.

If this continues”, explained the representative of the State, Louis Le Franc, “there will be many deaths”.

Reinforcements arrive

The High Commissioner appealed for calm and appeasement. He warned that he would not hesitate to call in the military if necessary. Gendarmerie reinforcements from France and Polynesia are expected tomorrow, Thursday.

The High Commissioner announced the results of the night’s incidents: 47 gendarmes and 14 police officers were injured. A total of 180 people were arrested.