Infotech Crisis in the West Indies: a gendarme injured in Saint-Martin, the curfew extended in Martinique and Guadeloupe

Crisis in the West Indies: a gendarme injured in Saint-Martin, the curfew extended in Martinique and Guadeloupe

A gendarme was injured, Thursday, December 2, in Saint-Martin, as part of the violence and roadblocks which have blocked the West Indies for two weeks and which led to the extension of the curfew in Guadeloupe and Martinique during the day.

Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin are experiencing a strong social movement, born from the refusal of the vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters and which has extended to political and social demands, in particular against the high cost of living, causing violence and looting. and fires. The two islands are placed under curfew.

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In Saint-Martin, a small island which depends on Guadeloupe, clashes pitted the gendarmerie against a group of people on Thursday at Sandy Ground and Nettle Bay, where the police were trying to evacuate a carcass of car on the road, and a gendarme was injured.

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At the end of the morning, at the entrance to Nettle Bay, “We suffered three rounds of fire in our direction”, said the gendarmerie. A member of the security forces received a bullet, which crossed his left leg and lodged in the right. ” His days are not in danger “, specified the gendarmerie. Bullets of different calibers were found, “It would rather be large caliber, handguns”, said Lieutenant-Colonel Wintzer.


Prefect Serge Gouteyron announced the establishment as of Thursday evening, and at least for twenty-four hours, of a curfew at Sandy Ground, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and the arrival of “Human reinforcements, materials and special units”, he said at a press conference. “Some are taking advantage of the situation to commit armed robberies”, he added.

In Guadeloupe, “Given the continuing disturbances to public order in certain municipalities, in particular with the arrest of armed individuals”, the prefect Alexandre Rochatte decided “The extension of the curfew” between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. “Until December 7, at 5 am”, in 21 municipalities, including Pointe-à-Pitre, explains a press release.

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“This night was marked by several attempts to relocate obstacles on the roads”, like “The fire of a stolen school bus […] in order to cut the RN1 “, according to the prefecture, specifying that “Ten new arrests took place during the night”.

A similar decision to extend the curfew was taken in Martinique, until December 4 at 5 a.m. In this island, the gendarmerie launched on Thursday a major operation to dismantle all the blockades of roundabouts.

An unsuccessful visit to Lecornu

In Guadeloupe, to try to get out of the crisis, elected officials met for four hours with the “Collective of organizations in struggle”, but the meeting mainly resulted in asking once again “The arrival of an interministerial mission making it possible to obtain firm commitments on points falling within the competence of the State or requiring its reinforced involvement”.

“Contrary to what Lecornu [le ministre des Outre-mer, NDLR] said, almost all of the points “ of the claims platform “Falls under the intervention of the State, at the highest level”, explained to the press, Elie Domota, spokesperson for the LKP.

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Negotiations with Sébastien Lecornu, who arrived in Guadeloupe for an express visit on November 29, had come to an end due to the unions’ refusal to condemn the “Assassination attempts against police and gendarmes”.

In Martinique, the minister promised to open discussions on “The adaptation of the modalities of application of the law on the vaccination obligation”, already postponed from November 15 to December 31.

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