The Kanak’s Fight For Independence

(And The Issues Surrounding It)

In the year 1946, the Kanaks, earlier known as the natives, acquired citizenship in France. Being French citizens, they naturally had the right to cast their vote in the 1950s. The right to vote is true across the municipality, territorial, in areas of the legislature, presidential, provincial, and European elections.

Since the 70s, the occurrence of a completely new assertion for the Kanak freedom has established a robust polarization in politics as well as ethnicity. Nearly all of pro-independence activists had been Kanaks, while the anti-independence followers were mostly among the non-Kanak citizenry such as the Europeans, Indonesians, Wallisians, and others. This racial and political division continues to be noticeable up to this day.

The fight for independence occurred during the 1970s and 1980s, within a framework of Kanaks for demographic minorization. This case symbolized an unparalleled issue with regard to the political pillars of France. Due to the basic principle of no discrimination amongst French citizens, it truly is without a doubt against the constitution to keep a referendum regarding independence for one specific class of the New Caledonian populace like the Kanaks.

Since most of the French citizens residing in New Caledonia tend to be hostile towards the archipelago’s freedom, the consequence of a plebiscite without any electoral prejudice could be instantly damaging. This could result in the non-acceptance of the lawful claim of the Kanak independence. On the other hand, the legitimacy of the Kanak’s claim roots from the indictment of European control and settlement. This calls for a genuine procedure for decolonization. This suggested in the 1980s the accession of the country to total freedom.

The resistance of the Kanak legitimacy and the determined control of the French legitimacy resulted in chaotic clashes in 1984-1988. At present, it is commonly referred to as “les événements” or the events.

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