Blockades resumed, Saturday morning November 20 in Guadeloupe, after another night of looting and fires linked to the mobilization against the health pass. Despite the curfew imposed on Friday evening, police and gendarmes were targeted by gunfire, and twenty-nine arrests were made.
The ministers of the interior, Gérald Darmanin, and of the overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, announced the holding of an inter-ministerial crisis cell at 6 pm on Saturday in Paris, ” to see what new measures can be taken following the public order disturbances of the last few days ”.
The prefect of Guadeloupe had instituted an immediate curfew on Friday between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m., while the government announced the arrival “In the coming days” two hundred police and gendarmes to strengthen the police, while violence and blockades are increasing.
Live ammunition, fires and looting
“The night was very agitated”, A police source told Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying law enforcement officials have been targeted by guns in four different areas, citing “Live ammunition at a police vehicle” at Le Gosier and “On mobile gendarmes” in Pointe-à-Pitre, as well as a facial injury from a stone throw and the degradation of several vehicles.
About a hundred police officers and eighty gendarmes were on the ground on the island. The police faced an attempted intrusion into the university residence in Pointe-à-Pitre, as well as “About twenty lootings or attempted thefts” in shops in Pointe-à-Pitre and Gosier: jewelry store, PMU, banks, shopping center, etc.
During the night, in Saint-François, “The gendarmes leaving the brigade were threatened by flaming projectile jets”, without there being any injuries to deplore. Firefighters intervened in Petit-Bourg for fires in two telephone shops, which were looted. In the same sector, “An armory has been broken into”, according to a source within the gendarmerie.
Roadblocks block the main roads
In the south of Basse-Terre, according to another source, the situation was calmer on the roads despite some roadblocks: “People, especially entrepreneurs, are starting to organize and remove roadblocks, residents have helped the gendarmes. “ However, the main axes remained blocked Saturday morning, and new dams were installed.
The mobilization launched five days ago by a collective of trade union and citizen organizations against the health pass and the vaccination obligation of caregivers against Covid-19 is now coupled with violence committed by rioters. After a particularly violent night from Thursday to Friday, schools remained closed on Friday and, due to numerous roadblocks, activity is slowing down.
The ARS denounces attacks by caregivers
In a press release released on Friday morning, the director general of the regional health agency (ARS), Valérie Denux, condemned “The endangering of the life of Guadeloupe and Guadeloupe and the attack on caregivers”, qualifying the situation as“Incomprehensible, whereas at present nearly 90% of the caregivers of the territory are in conformity with the law” forcing them to get vaccinated. As of November 16, 46.4% of people over 18 had received at least one injection in Guadeloupe, according to the ARS.
Socialist presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo, interviewed on TF1, said on Saturday: “This violence is unbearable, and I am at the side of the populations, and of those who have their cars burned. (…) There is a need for dialogue, it must be restored. “
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Guadeloupe: interministerial crisis meeting after another night of violence