AMP.- Coronavirus.- Guadeloupe declares curfew amid strong protests against restrictions

France sends several dozen special agents to the island to try to stop the violence


The Franco-Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe has declared a night curfew to contain the strong protests that have erupted in recent days against the new restriction measures against the coronavirus.

In addition, the French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, announced this Saturday that 50 special agents from two police forces – the Intervention Group of the National Gendarmerie (GIGN) and the RAID – have been sent to the island to try to stop violence.

As reported by the Ministry, at least 31 people have been detained since Friday, 5 of whom are already facing legal proceedings. Several businesses have been looted and shots have been fired at security forces during the night from Friday to Saturday, reports the FranceInfo chain.

The curfew has been set from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., according to the official statement of the prefect of Guadeloupe, Alexandre Rochatte, collected by FranceInfo, after the violent scenes of the last hours, marked by fires and looting, particularly in the capital, Pointe-a-Pitre.

The prosecutor for the archipelago capital, Patrick Desjardins, has also announced the opening of two investigations for “fire damage in an organized gang and robbery with damage in an organized gang”, in relation to “attacks on shops”, including five jewelers looted in the city.

Darmanin reported on Friday that some 200 policemen will travel to the archipelago in the next few days to reinforce security in the face of the imminent declaration of an indefinite general strike that is looming.

The strike has been called by the LKP union for next Monday in protest against the decision of the authorities to demand compulsory vaccination for health workers in Guadeloupe, following the guidelines adopted in mainland France.

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