The curfew imposed in Martinique after urban violence

While the island is experiencing, like its neighbor Guadeloupe, a protest movement born from the refusal of the obligation of caregivers and which has turned into a social crisis, a curfew was established in Martinique on Thursday, November 25.

The priority objective of this established curfew “From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.”, it’s “The return to a peaceful situation” who “Then allows (you) to dialogue, to work, to move forward”, but also “The return of public service and the reopening of the school system”, said the prefect Stanislas Cazelle to AFP.

Anger against the vaccine obligation and the high cost of living in Martinique

Martinique has been plagued by nighttime urban violence since the call for a general strike launched Monday by the inter-union, to protest in particular against the vaccine obligation. Several police officers have since been the target of gunfire, slightly injuring many of them.

Hospitals under pressure

The blockage of certain axes continued Thursday on the two islands. And at the Pointe-à-Pitre hospital, in Guadeloupe, on a general strike since November 15, the tensions are starting to show their effects: an association of interns invoked on Wednesday the right of withdrawal of its members to “Imminent danger” and hospital doctors are resigning.

“I do not understand that union action is geared towards obstacles to the work tool […] towards intimidation, insults, attacks against staff and particularly doctors ”, declared on radio RCI Guadeloupe the director of the CHU, Gérard Cotellon.

“I am starting to pay for the consequences of all this: these are chain resignations. […] If the goal was to get the doctors to leave, we are getting there. And this will pose problems for the care of Guadeloupe patients ”.The seven days that turned Guadeloupe into chaos

The management of the Martinique University Hospital has for its part announced that ” in the actual context “, she was forced “Activate the minimum service on all CHUM sites in order to secure professionals and patients”, Due to “Great difficulties in providing care in the institution”.

The vaccine obligation suspended?

The leaders of the 17 trade unions, the prefect and the president of the executive council of the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique, Serge Letchimy, took part on Thursday in a conciliation meeting at the prefecture which lasted four hours. None of the participants has yet commented on the content of the discussions.

In Guadeloupe, “actions of sabotage” in health establishments

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In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sébastien Lecornu organized a video conference with the mayors of Guadeloupe in the presence of the prefect, and members of the cabinets of the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Solidarity and Health. According to the mayors of the island, the suspension of the vaccination obligation for caregivers, the trigger for the crisis, “Initially refused, today (was) studied” by the government.

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