Violence broke out on French-controlled Guadeloupe to protest the mandatory vaccination against the new crown virus
In Guadeloupe, in the French Caribbean, medical staff protesting the mandatory vaccination of medical staff assaulted the director of a local hospital and “ripped off” the clothes of his deputy.
According to local media reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday and involved approximately 50 members of the medical staff union. Gaby Clavier, secretary-general of the trade union department, said they gathered outside the University Hospital of Guadeloupe “Get their money back.“Previously, medical staff who did not comply with the regulations were deducted from their wages. After the deadline set by the authorities on December 31, health care professionals who have not been vaccinated will also be suspended.
The hospital issued a statement saying that the protesters blocked the entrance and trapped the head of the medical institution and several other personnel inside for several hours. According to reports, when they tried to leave the building under police escort, the protesters “Kicked the director in the ribs,“, then issued a powerful head bump,”Almost knocked him out.One of his deputy was torn off his clothes.
It is said that the demonstrators also have “damaged severely“A vehicle belonging to a hospital official.
The statement finally condemned “Violence and intimidation“I oppose the hospital staff and point out that 95% of the workers in the institution are vaccinated against Covid.
The attack coincided with a press conference held by groups opposed to vaccine enforcement and so-called health passes.
Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France in the southeastern Caribbean Sea and has been plagued by protests against Covid vaccine authorization since November last year. Demonstrations often turn into riots. France even had to send police reinforcements to the territory.
However, the protest showed no signs of abating. In late December, anti-authorization activists attacked the local legislature. It started as a demonstration against mandatory vaccine requirements and other Covid measures, and has since rapidly evolved into a movement with broader needs, including access to clean drinking water, better infrastructure, more employment, and wage growth.