Crisis in Guadeloupe: the government considers the situation “intolerable and unacceptable”

Police, gendarmes and firefighters “were the subject of several gun shots,” the prefecture said after another night of violence.

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Guadeloupe is still affected by violence against a background of protest against the measures taken to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. At least 38 new arrests took place in Guadeloupe on the night of Saturday, November 20 to Sunday, November 21, while the challenge to the vaccination obligation of caregivers degenerated into blockages and violence. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal denounced a situation “intolerable and unacceptable”. According to him, the reinforcements of police and gendarmes, in particular units of the GIGN and the Raid, should arrive on Sunday in the island.

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“Once again, the police and gendarmerie, but also the firefighters who intervened on the fires, were the subject of several shots from firearms”, denounced the prefecture of Guadeloupe in a press release listing the results of the urban violence that occurred during the night.

Food shops and pharmacies have been looted in several towns on the island, which is under a curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. “Each time, a barricade placed upstream prevented us from moving forward”, according to the gendarmes who also testify to suspicion of “false calls to lure us elsewhere, just like the firefighters”. In the town of Morne-à-l’Eau, a police station was set on fire.

About 200 members of the security forces were mobilized in the center of the island to face the flaming roadblocks “many” all night long, but also ambushes. In total, more than 150 tear gas and de-encircling grenades were thrown by the police.

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