COVID-19 Riots Disrupt Guadeloupe

Several days of rioting over COVID-19 restrictions have put the island of Guadeloupe at a standstill.

“There are reports of demonstrations and roadblocks taking place in the city center of Pointe-á-Pitre and throughout Guadeloupe by a collective of trade unions and citizens’ organizations protesting health pass rules and COVID-19 vaccine mandates.  Local authorities have implemented a curfew between 6:00 pm and 5:00 am which will remain in place until November 23, 2021,” said the US Embassy in Barbados.

French authorities have already sent elite police and counter-terrorism officers to Guadeloupe over the weekend but the situation has not died down while schools and businesses remain closed.

The riots reportedly started after Paris announced that health workers across all French territories including Guadeloupe must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The rioters were reported to have looted shops, clashed with police, and broke into an arms depot.

Col. Jean Pierre, of the gendarmerie at Pointe-à-Pitre claimed that the rioters have already taken shots at security personnel while 38 people have been arrested so far.

“We will not give in to lies, distorting of information, and the exploitation by some people of this situation,” said French President Emmanuel Macron. 

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