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First responders ‘fired on’ as Covid protests escalate

First responders ‘fired on’ as Covid protests escalate

Protests and riots in Guadeloupe have unfold to the close by French territory of Martinique following the introduction of a vaccine mandate on the Caribbean island, with experiences of police and firefighters coming below gunfire.

On Monday, 17 commerce unions on the island of Martinique known as for a common strike to indicate their opposition to a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare staff and the imposition of France’s coronavirus well being cross. Nonetheless, the state of affairs escalated when the strikers had been reportedly angered at not being obtained by the governor of Martinique on the finish of their first day of demonstrations. 

Whereas no accidents have been reported, regulation enforcement and firefighters had been repeatedly focused by gunfire as they intervened to place out blazes on public highways within the metropolis of Fort-de-France on Monday night time. 

Public safety spokesman Joël Larcher stated officers and fireplace crews had been focused by gunfire, and several other automobiles had been set alight through the night time’s unrest.

Protesters have blocked roads across the Caribbean island and have made a number of calls for of the federal government, together with an finish to the Covid-19 vaccination mandate for caregivers, in addition to broader requests equivalent to a rise in salaries and a discount in gasoline costs. 

The violence has unfold from close by Guadeloupe, the place chaos descended after labor unions organized walkouts final week to problem Covid-19 restrictions there, together with the introduction of obligatory jabs for well being staff.

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