Riots ravage Island after electoral changes were announced

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Unrest and division penetrates the South Pacific Island of New Caledonia.

Violence erupted after Paris announced potential voting reforms that would expand the electorate body. Many Kanaks, the indigenous of the island, say that these changes threaten their presence and cultural identity on the island. However, others say that it is only fair that French citizens living on the island should be able to vote in provincial elections. Leaders on both sides fear their calls for calm have fallen on deaf ears. 

 

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