Violence in Martinique: the prefect establishes a curfew "until calm is restored"

The curfew comes into effect from this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and for an indefinite period.

The prefect of Martinique announced this Thursday to establish a curfew on the whole island “until the return to calm” after several nights of violence. Martinique, like its neighbor Guadeloupe, is experiencing a protest movement, born out of a refusal of the compulsory vaccination of caregivers but which has degenerated into a social crisis.

“Since Monday, November 22, Martinique has been experiencing a period of nocturnal urban violence. Groups of individuals have committed damage and installed roadblocks, acts of violence have taken place against the security forces and the population” , specifies the prefecture in a press release.

“Minimum service” at the Martinique CHU

The priority objective of this curfew established “from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.” is “the return to a peaceful situation” which “then allows (you) to dialogue, to work, to move forward”, but also “the return of public service and reopening of the school system, “prefect Stanislas Cazelle told our colleagues at AFP.

Security will be reinforced from Thursday night to Friday, he said, “with a more mobile device and more to target the most difficult points.” According to the prefecture, 11 people were arrested and several weapons were seized.

The management of the Martinique CHU announced that “in the current context”, it was forced “to activate the minimum service on all the sites of the CHUM in order to secure professionals and patients”, because of “great difficulties to provide care in the institution “.

Hugues Garnier with AFP BFMTV reporter

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