The protest movement continued in the West Indies on Thursday, before a meeting of Martinican unions with the authorities, while elected officials from Guadeloupe participate in the afternoon in a videoconference with the Minister of Overseas Sébastien Lecornu, after further violence in the night.

In Guadeloupe, the prefecture announced Thursday that “the intervention in support of the local branch of the GIGN defeated a group of individuals who were trying to attack the Morne-A-l ‘gendarmerie brigade. Water “, in the center of Grande Terre.

“Ten arrests took place throughout the department and will be subject to judicial treatment,” according to the same source.

The prefecture assures, however, that “the night was less tense over the whole of the department than during the previous nights”, with in particular a number of roadblocks “in decrease despite the recurring attempts of certain rioters to reconstitute new ones” .

In Martinique, public security for its part Thursday identified three arrests in the police zone, and confirms that members of the police were injured in Fort-de-France, without giving more details.

A supermarket was set on fire at Robert during the night, according to the firefighters, who specify that they only intervene in the presence of the police, after having come under several shots of projectiles during their missions. There is a slight wounded among the gendarmes who received bottles of acid. Two arrests were made in the gendarmerie area, including one in connection with the supermarket fire, according to the gendarmerie.

“More than 1,500 people responded to the last call on November 22,” CGTM general secretary Magali Zamor told AFP, present Thursday morning on the Dillon stadium roundabout, which leads to the port. trade, where the strikers still occupy the ground.

“The young people joined the movement after this video on the party that took place with the Raid des Alizés. It was the last straw. [qui a fait déborder le vase]”, she explains.

The participants in this 100% female competition, which is holding its 6th edition in Martinique, arrived on Tuesday and had a party in the evening, angering Martinicans who have been under curfew for months.

The prefect launched an administrative investigation to verify the conditions under which this sporting event and peripheral events took place.

– attempts at conciliation –

Local and national authorities are trying to open the door to dialogue with unions and elected officials on the two islands.

The leaders of the 17 trade unions were to meet at 10:00 a.m. (3:00 p.m. in Paris) with the prefect and the president of the executive council of the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique Serge Letchimy, at the prefecture.

In addition, the Minister of Overseas Sébastien Lecornu organizes Thursday at 4.30 p.m. (Paris time) a videoconference with the mayors of Guadeloupe in the presence of the Prefect of Guadeloupe, and the offices of the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Solidarity and Health, in order to “take stock of the situation in Guadeloupe on the health, security and social plans”, according to the ministry.

A similar meeting will be organized on Friday at 3:00 p.m. with the president of the Regional Council, the president of the Departmental Council and the parliamentarians of the territory.

“During these free and open discussions, special attention will be paid to the priorities of Guadeloupe youth,” the ministry said in a statement.

To calm the situation, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Monday the creation of a “forum for dialogue” in order to “convince and support individually, humanely”, professionals concerned by the vaccination obligation.

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, also “decided to set up a structure which will make it possible to find a solution for each of the 1,400 people suspended because they are not in compliance with this vaccination obligation”, explained Sébastien Lecornu.



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