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French Caribbean island of Martinique imposes curfew after looting

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French Caribbean island of Martinique imposes curfew after looting

PARIS: Authorities on the French Caribbean island of Martinique on Thursday ordered a curfew after protesters looted shops and erected burning barricades as demonstrations against COVID-19 protocols spread to French overseas territories.

Violent unrest swept Martinique and neighboring Guadeloupe over the past week after the government imposed stricter measures to stem the spread of the pandemic.

Requiring all health workers to be vaccinated, a practice also in place in France, has increased feelings among most of the black population of exclusion and marginalization from the mainland. Protesters are now also demanding higher wages and lower energy prices.

After them described this as a return to the era of slavery, insisting that they should be allowed to make their own choices in matters of health care.

In Guadeloupe, where protests began last week, there is historic mistrust in the government’s handling of health crises after many were systematically exposed to toxic pesticides used on banana plantations in the 1970s.

“The police force was on alert all night to restore order and needed to use force to stop the violence and vandalism,” Martinique police chief Stanislas Cazel said in a statement. He added that 11 people were arrested and weapons were confiscated.

He added that a curfew would be imposed between seven in the evening and five in the morning (2300 GMT) until the re-imposition of order.

Vaccination rates in the French overseas territories, which include islands in the Caribbean and the Indo-Pacific, are much lower than on the mainland. This led to the imposition of longer-term and stricter restrictions to combat Covid-19, which led to the outbreak of unrest.

A new wave of the Corona virus outbreak is sweeping the Caribbean, leading to closures, flight cancellations and hospital overcrowding, at a time when tourism, which is crucial to the local economy, is showing signs of recovery.

(Reuters)

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PARIS: Authorities on the French Caribbean island of Martinique on Thursday ordered a curfew after protesters looted shops and erected burning barricades as demonstrations against COVID-19 protocols spread to French overseas territories.

Violent unrest swept Martinique and neighboring Guadeloupe over the past week after the government imposed stricter measures to stem the spread of the pandemic.

Requiring all health workers to be vaccinated, a practice also in place in France, has increased feelings among most of the black population of exclusion and marginalization from the mainland. Protesters are now also demanding higher wages and lower energy prices.

After them described this as a return to the era of slavery, insisting that they should be allowed to make their own choices in matters of health care.

In Guadeloupe, where protests began last week, there is historic mistrust in the government’s handling of health crises after many were systematically exposed to toxic pesticides used on banana plantations in the 1970s.

“The police force was on alert all night to restore order and needed to use force to stop the violence and vandalism,” Martinique police chief Stanislas Cazel said in a statement. He added that 11 people were arrested and weapons were confiscated.

He added that a curfew would be imposed between seven in the evening and five in the morning (2300 GMT) until the re-imposition of order.

Vaccination rates in the French overseas territories, which include islands in the Caribbean and the Indo-Pacific, are much lower than on the mainland. This led to the imposition of longer-term and stricter restrictions to combat Covid-19, which led to the outbreak of unrest.

A new wave of the Corona virus outbreak is sweeping the Caribbean, leading to closures, flight cancellations and hospital overcrowding, at a time when tourism, which is crucial to the local economy, is showing signs of recovery.

(Reuters)

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