Arsenal robbery during Covid protests triggers demand for help from France-RT World News

The mayor of a city protested by Covid-19’s restrictions on the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe called on Paris to restore peace on the island after an arsenal was looted during the riots.

The mayor of Pointe-a-Pitre, Harry Durimel, said in an interview with France Info on Monday that there were “great concerns” on the island, as the rioters now have guns after the arsenal was broken into on Sunday. The media reported that the rifle was taken from a warehouse in a coastal city.

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“We just don’t know how far this will go,” Durimel said he called on France to restore peace and order on the Caribbean island. The mayor said that he could still hear protests outside when he spoke in the early morning.

After the union organized a strike last week to challenge Covid-19 restrictions, the island fell into chaos, including mandatory vaccinations for health workers.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex will meet with Guadeloupe legislators on Monday to try to resolve the crisis.

As the protests continue, many roads have been blocked by rioters, and schools and universities will not welcome students on Monday. According to Patrick Vial-Collet, chairman of the local chamber of commerce, more than 80 businesses have been looted since the beginning of the protests.

France has sent about 200 police and military police from the mainland to the island and imposed a curfew in an attempt to quell the unrest.

According to French media reports, the labor unions on Martinique have called for a general strike, sparking fears that the riots may spread to other French island territories.

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