January 23, 2022

the right and the far right criticize the government’s proposal

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11:35 : Our colleagues from Guadeloupe La 1ère, report that the evening was very agitated at Grand Camp. “Shots were fired between 7:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. and individuals attempted to rob the Carrefour Market. An unsuccessful attempt (…) Many remains of roadblocks litter the roads”, they report in a direct dedicated to the social crisis.

11:31 : There were no injuries. Several police officers were again the target of live ammunition and lead fire overnight in Martinique and Guadeloupe, AFP learned from police sources. A Raid police officer received a lead in his bulletproof vest at a roundabout in Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe and a second was hit by a lead near looters, according to the agency. In Fort-de-France in Martinique, police officers were also targeted by “shots” when they intervened in a service station.

10h34 : The Bretons are watching this morning from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The Telegram made its headline on the “conflagration” in the West Indies.

10h55 : This statement by the Minister of Overseas Territories in any case makes a part of the right leap. On Twitter, the candidate of the National Assembly for the presidential election, Marine Le Pen, and Eric Ciotti, candidate for the nomination of the Republicans, castigate the government for its management of the social movement.

09h44 : In the wake of the mobilization, the government said “ready” Speaking of Guadeloupe’s autonomy, Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of Overseas Affairs, announced last night. “According to [les manifestants], Guadeloupe could better manage itself. They want less equality with France, more freedom of decision by local decision-makers. (…) there are no bad debates as long as these debates serve to solve the real problems of the daily life of Guadeloupeans “, did he declare.

11h03 : Among the demonstrators met by franceinfo, many advocate “an institutional evolution” in order to endow the island with increased prerogatives and to recognize its particularities. “When the laws are voted in the Assembly, there should be a component on the specificity of overseas”, proclaims Jocelyn Zou, deputy secretary general of the Guadeloupe firefighters’ Force Ouvrière. Jocelyn Zou, Deputy Secretary General of Force Ouvrière for Guadeloupe firefighters, at the Perrin des Abymes roundabout (Guadeloupe), November 25, 2021. (FABIEN MAGNENOU / FRANCEINFO)(FABIEN MAGNENOU / FRANCEINFO)

09h37 : “We didn’t get up one morning saying: ‘We’re going to burn everything in Guadeloupe!’ Besides the vaccine, there are old problems. The gap is widening with the metropolis. “

The anti-Covid laws have awakened the weight of history and offended part of the opinion attached to the specificity of the Caribbean territory. To explain their reluctance, many immediately draw a parallel with the scandal of chlordecone, an insecticide that has poisoned the soil of the island. A striking nurse from the Choisy clinic, in Gosier, explains to franceinfo the origin of this anger.

09h49 : It all started with the obligation to vaccinate caregivers, as well as the establishment of the health pass against Covid-19. But the claims are actually much broader. While a large-scale social movement is underway in the West Indies, I went to Guadeloupe, where the feeling of downgrading and the lack of recognition of local specificities caused anger to explode.

A protester drives a fire truck through a dam in Le Gosier (Guadeloupe), November 23, 2021. (FABIEN MAGNENOU / FRANCEINFO)(FABIEN MAGNENOU / FRANCEINFO)