In Guadeloupe, a major dam dismantled, the curfew reduced

The tension falls a little in Guadeloupe. One of the biggest roadblocks, the result of the social protest born in mid-November, was dismantled by the police, said the regional prefecture on Tuesday. The curfew will be extended until Friday, but it will be reduced.

It remains in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in 12 municipalities (Les Abymes, Baillif, Basse-Terre, Capesterre-Belle-Eau, Gosier, Lamentin, Morne-à-l’Eau, Le Moule, Petit-Bourg, Pointe- à-Pitre, Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Rose), and from 10 p.m. in Baie-Mahault and Goyave. Previously, 21 out of 32 municipalities were affected by a curfew that began earlier, at 6 p.m.

“That night, the police unblocked the roadblocks in the town of Sainte-Rose”, first announced the prefecture in a press release. The La Boucan dam, in Sainte-Rose, consisted of nearly 20 barricades over nearly 10 km. Almost hermetic to all vehicles in the custody of several collectives, it was finally cleared by gendarmerie forces after three weeks of blockage.

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Five arrests

Three people were arrested “In peace and without confrontation”, we learned from the gendarmerie. “The action of the security forces made it possible, at the same time, to maintain traffic throughout the territory”, underlines the prefecture which also mentions two other people arrested in Abymes.

Born from the refusal of the vaccine obligation against Covid-19 for caregivers and firefighters, the social movement which affects Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin has extended to political and social demands, in particular against the high cost of living, causing violence, looting and fires. To the point that Guadeloupe and Martinique have been placed under curfew. In Martinique, the curfew was extended Wednesday for health reasons, the department facing an epidemic rebound, according to the authorities.

The sale of gasoline in a transportable container remains prohibited, as the transport of combustible, corrosive or flammable products, except for professionals who justify it.

The prefecture also announced the extension until Friday of the health measures in force since November 12: compulsory wearing of the mask throughout the territory, one seat in two and one meter away in stadiums, meeting rooms and showrooms, minimum area of ​​four m2 for each customer received in the stores.

The authorities have also announced the extension of free tests in Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélémy, not excluding “An epidemic rebound in the next two weeks” because of a “Clear relaxation of barrier gestures” observed with social movements.

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The World with AFP