The curfew is extended in Guadeloupe until December 7 “in certain municipalities”, announced the prefecture Thursday, because of the continuation of “troubles” and “dams” which block the archipelago, just like its neighbor Martinique , where the gendarmerie carried out a major dismantling operation.
Guadeloupe and Martinique are experiencing a strong social movement, born from the refusal of the vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters and which has spread to political and social demands, in particular against the high cost of living, causing violence, looting and fires. The two islands are placed under curfew.
Ten new arrests last night
“Given the continuing disturbances to public order in certain towns in Guadeloupe with in particular the arrest of armed individuals, the persistence of gatherings intended to block the traffic routes, fires of dams”, the Prefect Alexandre Rochatte, decided, “the extension of the curfew” between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. “until December 7”, on 21 municipalities, including Pointe-à-Pitre, explains a press release.
“This night was marked by several attempts to reinstall obstacles on the roads”, such as “the fire of a stolen school transport bus (…) in order to cut the RN1”, according to the prefecture, specifying that “Ten new arrests took place during the night”.
Meeting between elected officials and organizations
Guadeloupean elected officials, for their part, met for four hours with the “collective of organizations in struggle” to try to get out of the crisis, but the meeting above all resulted in once again asking for “the arrival of an interministerial mission to obtain firm commitments on points falling within the competence of the State or requiring its reinforced involvement ”.
“Contrary to what Lecornu (the Minister of Overseas Affairs) says, almost all the points” of the claim platform “are the responsibility of the state, at the highest level”, he explained to the press, Elie Domota, spokesperson for the LKP. Negotiations with Sébastien Lecornu, who arrived in Guadeloupe for an express visit on November 29, had fallen short due to the unions’ refusal to condemn “assassination attempts against police and gendarmes”.
Dismantling of blockages in Martinique
In Martinique, the minister promised to open discussions on “the adaptation of the modalities of application of the law on the vaccination obligation”, already postponed from November 15 to December 31. In the island Thursday, the national gendarmerie launched a major operation to dismantle all the blockades of roundabouts. Already during the night, gendarmes and national police intervened on the sites of Mahault and Brasserie Lorraine, in Lamentin, giving the places the appearance of an urban guerrilla.
According to the gendarmerie, several unblocking roundabouts, however, took place in peace, in particular that of Fond-Lahaye, located in the town of Schoelcher, which cut off the 20,000 inhabitants of the North Caribbean from the rest of the island or that of de Rivière-Pilote in the south.