On 16 May 2024, French authorities declared a state of emergency in the overseas territory of New Caledonia. The state of emergency went into effect at 0500 local time on 16 May (1800 UTC on 15 May) and is currently slated to last for the next 12 days. The emergency declaration allows local officials to ban gatherings and outdoor travel, as well as to conduct house searches and arrests. In addition, French military personnel have been deployed to secure New Caledonia’s ports and La Tontouta International Airport (NWWW/NOU) which remains closed to commercial flights. At least 500 police officers and gendarmerie have been deployed to the Nouméa area — including members of the Recherche, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion (RAID) and Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN) — to aid the 1800 security personnel already stationed in the territory. Officials have also banned the use of the social media platform TikTok and extended an existing nightly curfew in the capital Nouméa until further notice. Schools and businesses remain closed. Authorities have placed at least five individuals suspected of instigating the protests under house arrest. Four individuals were reported killed, including a French gendarme, during the unrest overnight on 14-15 May, and at least 64 gendarmes were injured. Authorities have arrested approximately 200 people.