On Wednesday, the protests against Covid restrictions in Martinique, France turned into robberies and violence. In the increasingly tense situation in the Caribbean, roadblocks were lit overnight.
Videos shared on social media showed that parts of Martinique were burning. Protesters rampaged around a shopping mall and blocked roads while the riots intensified, and then tried to speed up the implementation of mandatory vaccinations for medical staff on the island.
Compulsory vaccination is believed to disturb many residents on Caribbean islands because many are the descendants of slaves who were forced to work on plantations in the 20th century and were exposed to toxic chemicals.
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Guadeloupe is a nearby island that is also under French control. Protests took place over the weekend. On Sunday, 38 people were detained for robbery and vandalism during a demonstration against the curfew. Since then, the authorities have extended the night curfew in an effort to restore calm after the violent conflict.
A few days ago, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the situation in the Caribbean is now “explode.” There are also concerns that some protesters are carrying guns, and there are reports of shooting at the police in the chaos.
The Covid measures decided by the French government in Paris were met by a general strike by unions and resolute opposition in the area. Earlier this week, the Macron government was forced to conduct crisis negotiations with representatives of the Caribbean islands to quell rising dissatisfaction.
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