After the lull, the situation is tense again in the West Indies.

A gendarme was injured Thursday in Saint-Martin as part of the violence and roadblocks that have blocked the West Indies for two weeks, and which led to the extension of the curfew in Guadeloupe and Martinique during the day.

In Saint-Martin, a small island which depends on Guadeloupe, clashes pitted the gendarmerie against a group of people on Thursday at Sandy Ground and Nettle Bay, where the police were trying to evacuate a carcass of car on the road, and a gendarme was injured.

At the end of the morning, at the entrance to Nettle Bay, "we suffered three bursts of fire in our direction," said the gendarmerie.

A member of the security forces received a bullet, which crossed his left leg and lodged in the right.

"His days are not in danger," said the gendarmerie.

In Guadeloupe, "given the continued disturbances of public order in certain municipalities, notably with the arrest of armed individuals, the persistence of gatherings intended to block the traffic routes, fires of dams", the Prefect Alexandre Rochatte decided "the extension of the curfew" between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. "until December 7, at 5 a.m." in 21 municipalities, including Pointe-à-Pitre, explains a press release.

A similar decision to extend the curfew was taken in Martinique, but until December 4 at 5 a.m.

In this island, the gendarmerie launched on Thursday a major operation to dismantle all the blockades of roundabouts.

Ten new arrests last night

"This night was marked by several attempts to reinstall obstacles on the roads", such as "the fire of a stolen school transport bus (...) in order to cut the RN1", according to the prefecture, specifying that “Ten new arrests took place during the night”.

Guadeloupean elected officials, for their part, met for four hours with the "collective of organizations in struggle" to try to get out of the crisis, but the meeting above all resulted in once again asking for "the arrival of an interministerial mission to obtain firm commitments on points falling within the competence of the State or requiring its reinforced involvement ”.

"Contrary to what Lecornu (the Minister of Overseas Territories) says, almost all of the points" of the platform of demand "fall under the intervention of the State, at the highest level", explained to the press, Elie Domota, spokesperson for the LKP.

Negotiations with Sébastien Lecornu, who arrived in Guadeloupe for an express visit on November 29, had come to an end because of the refusal of the unions to condemn the “attempted assassinations against police and gendarmes”.

Dismantling of blockages in Martinique

In Martinique, the minister promised to open discussions on "the adaptation of the modalities of application of the law on the vaccination obligation", already postponed from November 15 to December 31.

In the island Thursday, the national gendarmerie launched a major operation to dismantle all the blockades of roundabouts.

Already during the night, gendarmes and national police intervened on the sites of Mahault and Brasserie Lorraine, in Lamentin, giving the places the appearance of an urban guerrilla.

According to the gendarmerie, several unblockings of roundabouts took place peacefully, however, in particular that of Fond-Lahaye, located in the town of Schoelcher, which cut off the 20,000 inhabitants of the North Caribbean from the rest of the island or that of de Rivière-Pilote in the south.


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