third night of violence in Guadeloupe as France sends police special forces

POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe, Nov. 21 (Reuters) – The French overseas area of Guadeloupe was hit by a third night of looting and rioting amid protests against COVID-19 measures, with gunmen fire at police and firefighters, authorities said on Sunday.

Police arrested 38 people if shops were broken into and auto’s set in fire and flame.

Special police forces had to arrive from mainland France to the Caribbean archipelago on Sunday to restore order.

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“This situation cannot be accepted nor tolerated”, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told Europe 1 radio.

In a sign anxiety can spread to others overseas territories in the caribbean, trade called unions for An general strike on the island of Martinique from Monday, French media reported.

The strike message demands an end to mandatory vaccination of health workers and also support To hang out with high fuel prices.

The Prefect of Guadeloupe, Alexandre Rochatte, who represents the French government, said in a statement that armed groups had tried to loot stores in Pointe-a-Pitre, Basse-Terre and Lamentin and battled the police.

Police and firefighters were shot die tried out burns. There has been a break-in in four pharmacies and auto’s set on fire while barricades were erected to prevent security forces from intervening, the prefect added.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said: on Saturday that France would send about 50 members to the area of the GIGN and RAID elite tactical troops of the gendarmerie and the police.

Prime Minister Jean Castex is also due to meeting on Monday in Paris with Guadeloupe officials to discuss the situation.

Rochette on Friday had imposed a curfew from 6pm to 5am after five days of civil unrest involving barricades in were on fire in the streets and firemen and doctors walked out on strike.

labor unions in Guadeloupe started an indefinite strike last Monday to protest against mandatory vaccination of health workers against COVID-19 and health pass requirements.

Guadeloupe and Martinique have a deep-rooted history of hesitation over vaccines amid mistrust of the Paris government.

Data from the Ministry of Health show that so far 38% of the population had received first COVID admission in Martinique and 36% in Guadeloupe, compared with 77% of the French population.

In August de Paris government was forced to call on doctors and nurses from metropolitan France to volunteer in Guadeloupe and Martinique, like a wave of infections flooded hospitals.

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Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Additional reporting by Richard Lough, editing by Angus MacSwan and Daniel Wallis

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