Protests and riots in Guadeloupe have spread to nearby French territory Martinique. After the introduction of vaccine authorization on the Caribbean island, there have been reports of police and firefighters being shot.
On Monday, 17 unions in Martinique called for a general strike to demonstrate their opposition to the mandatory Covid-19 vaccine for health care workers and the imposing of France’s coronavirus health pass. However, it was reported that the strikers were not received by the governor of Martinique at the end of the first day of the march, which made them angry and the situation escalated.
Although there were no reports of casualties, law enforcement officers and firefighters were repeatedly targeted by shooting when they intervened on Monday night to extinguish the fire on the public highway in Fort-de-France.
‼ ️🪧 #Martinique : De nombreux axes sont bloqués sur toute l’île. La circulation est très compliquée voire cannot be sur lesaxes principaux. Des vehicules ont aussi été incendiés pour ériger des #Barrage. [RadioCocotier] pic.twitter.com/fd9h5vv1pG
— RadioCocotier 🌴 (@RadioCocotier) November 23, 2021
Public safety spokesman Joël Larcher said that police and firefighters were the targets of shooting, and several vehicles were set ablaze during the night turmoil.
Protesters blocked roads around the Caribbean island and made multiple demands to the government, including ending the Covid-19 vaccination mission for caregivers, as well as broader demands such as increased wages and lower fuel prices.
Violence spread from nearby Guadeloupe, and after the union organized a strike last week to challenge Covid-19 restrictions there, chaos came, including mandatory jabs on health workers.
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