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UPDATED: 17:38, April 18, 2006
New clashes in New Caledonia
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There have been more clashes between French riot police and Rheebu Nuu Kanak activists, with 18 demonstrators reported arrested Tuesday morning.

Radio New Zealand International said the local political party Kanak USTKE union has joined the campaign against the two-billion U.S. dollar nickel project at Goro, saying it has to be made environmentally safe.

A top USTKE member, Pierre Chauvat, said they are blockading two shuttle boats in the port in Noumea, which sail to the Goro Nickel site.

Chauvat also said there is action at the French High Commission office in La Foa.

And he said riots continue at the Goro site itself in the territory's south.

"We only have pieces of what's happening. And apparently from some sources we hear there are riots, big riots, heavy riots between the Rheebu Nuu committee and the police force there," said Chauvat.

There has also been action against the Inco headquarters in Noumea Tuesday, but police cleared the blockades at about eight o' clock this morning.

Source: Xinhua

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