Despite the recently instituted curfew, the Overseas Department was the scene of fierce violence after another day of social movements against the pass-santé.
Guadeloupe was placed under curfew between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Friday November 19 until Tuesday November 23. The situation remains tense on the Caribbean island, however.
And for good reason, blockades resumed this Saturday morning after another night of looting and fires. Targeted by live ammunition, the police and gendarmes, about a hundred, made 29 arrests.
#ViolencesUrgences For the 2nd consecutive night, the #Guadeloupe has known facts of #UrbanViolence & looting of shops because of groups of thugs whose sole objective was to steal & attack the police. ⬇⬇ pic.twitter.com/DVRelcN8Qz
– Prefect of Guadeloupe (@ Prefet971) November 20, 2021
The police have in particular faced an attempted intrusion into the Pointe-à-Pitre university residence, as well as thefts and attempted thefts in jewelry stores, banks or even shopping centers. Firefighters also had to intervene for fires in Petit-Bourg in two telephone shops.
Dams and blocked roads
While schools remained closed on Friday due to numerous roadblocks, the main axes remain blocked and new roadblocks are being installed in the department. Access to the Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital, too, is only reserved for ambulances.
The violence seems to replace the mobilization launched five days ago by a collective of union and citizen organizations against the health pass and the vaccination obligation of caregivers against Covid-19, and the activity of the island is turning from more and more in slow motion.
An inter-ministerial crisis cell is also to be chaired this Saturday at 6pm by Interior Ministers Gerald Darmanin and Overseas Sébastien Lecornu over the violence on the department, the two ministries have learned.