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US News Can the outbreak of violence win Martinique?

12:20  23 november  2021
12:20  23 november  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Cela fait une semaine que la Guadeloupe connaît des violences liées à l'opposition à l'obligation vaccinale et au pass sanitaire. Le mouvement, qui porte également des revendications sociales et économiques, est en train de s'étendre à la Guadeloupe, où une grève générale a été lancée lundi. © Loic Venance / AFP It has been a week that Guadeloupe has experienced violence related to the opposition to the immunization obligation and the sanitary pass. The movement, which also has social and economic demands, is expanding to Guadeloupe, where a general strike has been launched on Monday.

For a week, Guadeloupe has been prey to an important wave of violence. At the origin of these tensions: the opposition of part of the population to the immunization obligation and the sanitary pass. A general strike has been declared on the island on November 15th. Monday, a call for the general strike was launched by 17 trade union organizations with a variety of claims on the neighboring island of Martinique. The movement will harden on this Tuesday with dams in front of strategic sites and snail operations on major axes.

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Anger wins Martinique

in the streets of Fort-de-France, more than a thousand protesters marched on Monday against the immunization obligation. Tracy is part of the procession. This Martiniquaise explained his anger at the microphone of Europe 1: "It is necessary for us to be able to put themselves in the street and be able to claim our rights and our freedom in relation to this obligation. I think we should be. Sides of our compatriots because many of these caregivers are either our mother, our father, our cousin ... All Martiniquais should feel concerned. "

Overall, the claims in Martinique are slightly different from those of Guadeloupe. First, the immunization obligation of caregivers, which was to come into force on 24 November has already been postponed to December 31. Then, if 90% of the caregivers of Guadeloupe hospitals are vaccinated, only 64% are in Martinique's care facility. Caregivers are opposed to the vaccine and do not want to change your mind. Monday, after the calm call of Jean Castex , the unions have made their anger known and always demand a derogation to avoid immunization obligation. Another important difference: a mediation mission was set up in Martinique at the end of October, but it failed.

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A long list of grievances

Just as in Guadeloupe, the sanitary situation is not the only grievance of the protesters . There are many reasons for anger already mentioned during the social crisis that had shook the West Indies in 2009. A large part of the Martiniquais no longer confidence in the government's health discourse since the chlorcone scandal, a carcinogenic pesticide used in the Banaanerans previously in the 1990s. Result: distrust of policies is very high. Since July, firefighters, pharmacy employees and even taxi drivers have entered this challenge. Expensive life issues and fuel prices are added to the claims.

29% of Martinique families live below the poverty line. The unemployment rate is twice as high on the island only in the hex. In the last two years, identity movements have come to stir up the distrust of the state. The prefect must meet in the morning of Tuesday the protesters in Fort-de-France, but the protesters want to tap fist on the table. The Intersyndical has promised stronger actions this Tuesday morning, on the roads in particular. Difficult for the time to say how will it turn this second day of general strike, but many fear an jozl similar to the one experienced by Guadeloupe.

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