Kouaoua, New Caledonia: Destruction of Nickel Mine

Published November 21, 2018

Kouaoua, New Caledonia: Destruction of Nickel Mine

On the night of November 21, about fifteen machines were set on fire and the serptentine head chute was damaged at a nickel mine in Kouaoua, New Caledonia. While French colonial authorities and mining companies seek to ransack New Caledonia’s natural resources, revolutionaries have fought back with direct action against the mining equipment.

The mine had just been reopened after having been blocked for about two months by indigenous youth from the region who denounced the pollution of the nickel industry, in defiance of agreements made by the mining industry and the colonial authorities.

Since the beginning of the year, the mining site has been the subject of close to fifteen acts of sabotage, most of them incendiary. Recently, on November 7, the tube used by the mining company SLN to transport minerals from the mountain to the ocean was set on fire. On November 10, the tube of the mine was set on fire again on two separate occassions.