The tension does not come down in Guadeloupe. Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu said Tuesday morning that police officers have been targeted by gunfire in recent hours.
“There is no urban violence, as I speak to you, but unfortunately in recent hours, we have had shots against the police, especially in Pointe-à-Pitre,” he said on France 2 , without giving further details. Shooting against the police and firefighters had already been recorded the previous days.
Originally, the revolt was launched by a collective of trade union and citizen organizations to challenge the health pass and the vaccination obligation of care staff.
But anger has since spread, turning to riots, looting and looting, and the health situation is no longer the only grievance of Guadeloupe.
“We can see that we are not on a health and social issue, we are on gangs, we are on thugs, we are on people who are unfortunately already unfavorably known to the police or the justice system, who are using this crisis to express themselves in violence, ”said Sébastien Lecornu.
Faced with such acts of violence, “the government’s response is implacable, it is clear, it is firm: the sending of the Raid and the GIGN”, added the Minister. In this sense, the authorities have carried out 95 arrests since the start of the crisis and “around thirty first criminal responses have just been given by the courts of Guadeloupe”.