The situation continued to worsen in Martinique, where dams and fires multiplied for the third day of the strike. The government wants to set up a forum for dialogue and find solutions about suspended caregivers.
The situation worsened on November 24 in Martinique, on the evening of the third day of the general strike, with the multiplication of roadblocks on the main roads of the island, shaken like its neighbor Guadeloupe by a challenge to the vaccine obligation anti-Covid, which is turning violent in some neighborhoods.
In Robert, a supermarket was set on fire, firefighters told AFP, who now specify that they only intervene in the presence of the police, after having come under several projectiles during their mission.
The authorities of Martinique on November 24 opened the door to dialogue with the inter-union which launched the blockades on November 22 on the island and plans to toughen up the tone.
Eric Bellemare, general secretary of Force Ouvrière Martinique, in the afternoon of November 24 at a press point, explained that he had « received an invitation to a meeting », at the prefecture on November 25 at 10 am ( 3 p.m. Paris time), “with the prefect and the president of the executive council” of the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique, Serge Letchimy. An invitation arrived when the members of the intersyndicale threatened « to make other arrangements [face au] contempt displayed by the prefecture ”, launched the union representative.
The leaders of the 17 trade unions, which have launched a call for mobilization in Martinique since November 22, had to turn to their respective bases to decide on future actions. The unions have all the same warned that they do not intend to lower their guard. « If until now the State has taken small steps, it is thanks to the balance of power, » observed Gabriel Jean-Marie, secretary general of the CGTM. Dams could therefore persist.
The prefecture of Martinique had already reported « very violent events […] in the agglomeration of Fort-de-France ”on the night of 23 to 24 November. « Seven police officers and five gendarmes were slightly injured but they were not hospitalized », according to the same source.
A hundred arrests in Guadeloupe
“Five people were arrested and are still in police custody for attempted homicide and aggravated violence against persons holding public authority, damage caused by fire, carrying and possession of weapons, participation in armed groups. They have all been sentenced already, ”she added.
Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu assured that in Guadeloupe, « the penal response is underway: almost a hundred arrests as I speak to you ». It will bring together on November 25 by videoconference « all the elected officials of Guadeloupe » to address health measures but also the issue of youth « who find themselves on the dams ».
To calm the situation, Prime Minister Jean Castex notably announced on November 22 the creation of a « forum for dialogue », in order to « convince and support individually, humanly », the professionals concerned by the vaccination obligation. The Minister of Health Olivier Véran also « decided to set up a structure which will make it possible to find a solution for each of the 1,400 people suspended because they are not in compliance with this vaccination obligation », explained Sébastien Lecornu .