France sets curfew on island territory amid Covid protests — Analysis
France has imposed a curfew on its overseas territory of Guadeloupe and is sending extra police to the island, citing days of “violence,” unrest and vandalism in response to harsh pandemic restrictions.
“Given the ongoing social unrest and acts of vandalism, the prefect of Guadeloupe has decided to establish a curfew starting today from 6pm to 5am,”Alexandre Rochatte represents the archipelago in his capacity as prefect. saidOn Friday.
The French Interior Ministry was earlier on Friday notedIn the next few days, Guadeloupe will receive 200 French police officers/gendarmes to help crackdown on the gangsters. “violence”And “restore republican order.”
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The move comes after nearly a week of heated protests over local Covid-19 policies – which include mandatory vaccinations for healthcare staff and other ‘essential’ workers, among other things. According to Reuters, protesters have set fire to cars and erected barricades on the streets while firefighters, doctors and other professionals walk out of their offices in protest.
Barrages incendiées et affront*ments cette nuit en #Guadeloupe où la grève générale illimitée, enclenchée contre le pass sanitaire et l’obligation vaccinale exprime désormais une colère plus large contre les problématiques sociales, économiques et environnementales de l’île. pic.twitter.com/gXToww1gXZ
— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) November 18, 2021
A video of men purporting to be protesting firefighters was posted on the internet earlier this week. They were seen filling police stations with water using a waterhose that had been connected to a fire hydrant nearby. The spigot was quickly turned off by officers.
An emergency crew sprays the Gendarmes to help evacuate a dam. #GuadeloupeToday began an unassisted general strike against compulsory vaccination under penalty suspension and the health pass. pic.twitter.com/lDtDkMx4YZ
— Protest News (@ProtestNews_EN) November 16, 2021
To be able to access a range of public institutions, such as museums and restaurants, one must show proof of vaccination or a positive PCR test.
These policies were not well-received by many residents, and trade unions have launched indefinite strike protests over the last week. They are joined by others in streets demonstrations.
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