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France sends more police, extends curfew in resilient Caribbean territory

FILE PHOTO: French police reinforcements monitor unrest over COVID restrictions in Guadeloupe
FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of downtown Pointe-a-Pitre after violent protests broke out over COVID-19 protocols, in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, November 22 year 2021. REUTERS / Ricardo Arduengo / File Photo

November 29, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government will send police reinforcements, including an elite SWAT team, and extend a curfew on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after two weeks of unrest, the minister for maritime territories said. said on Monday.

Police have been shot in and shops looted during protests against plans to make vaccinations mandatory for health care workers, which has sparked lingering grievances about living standards and relationships. with Paris.

Overseas Territories Minister Sebastian Lecornu, who was dispatched by Paris to defuse the crisis over the weekend, said 70 police reinforcements would be sent on Tuesday along with 10 additional SWAT team members to help strengthen security guard.

Earlier on Monday, the local province said the curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. would be extended until December 2.

In Guadeloupe, there is a history of distrust in the government’s handling of health crises after many people were systematically exposed to toxic pesticides used in banana plantations in the early days of the year. 1970s.

Protesters insist they should be allowed to make their own choices about health treatment.

(Reporting by Camille Raynaud and Leigh Thomas in Paris; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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