the inter-union at the origin of the general strike calls for the lifting of the roadblocks

In Martinique, the inter-union at the origin of the general strike launched on Monday is trying to calm the situation. The inter-union “Met and analyzed the situation, and taking into account […] from what we have seen throughout this day, […] the intersyndicale decided this evening to lift the roadblocks ”, announced Bertrand Cambusy, secretary general of the Central Union of Martinique Workers (CSTM), on the night of Tuesday 23 to Wednesday 24 November on Martinique La 1ère.

Union representatives say they took this decision to avoid the risk of fire, as in Guadeloupe, where violence, of a magnitude greater than that of Martinique, continued on Tuesday.

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The day before, the Fort-de-France prosecutor’s office opened an investigation after police and firefighters were the target of gunfire on Monday evening, in a popular district of Fort-de-France, without causing any injuries.

Since Monday morning, the road network has been severely disrupted, with roadblocks blocking the main roads, especially around the major sectors of activity of Lamentin, located in central Martinique, south of Fort-de-France.

No guarantee that the roadblocks will be lifted quickly

The movement began to demand the suspension of the vaccine obligation, but advances various demands. Since Monday morning, the road network has been severely disrupted, with roadblocks blocking the main roads, especially around the major sectors of activity of Lamentin, located in central Martinique, south of Fort-de-France. These blockages also forced the rectorate to close more than half of the schools.

The inter-union appeal does not guarantee that all roadblocks will be lifted quickly, some of them being manned by non-union people.

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In neighboring Guadeloupe, the curfew has been extended until November 28. To calm the situation, Mr. Castex announced on Monday the creation of a “Forum for dialogue” in order to “Convince and [d’]support individually, humanely ”, professionals concerned by the vaccination obligation. A decision that did not convince in Guadeloupe.

The night from Monday to Tuesday was marked by live ammunition against the police, and the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, made the restoration of public order “The prerequisite for any discussion”. On Wednesday, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, also affirmed that “Compulsory vaccination for nursing staff (…) is not negotiable “, and “The health pass […] no more “. “We are not going to negotiate the health security of the French”, did he declare on Franceinfo.

The protest movement against compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for nursing staff and firefighters began on November 15 in Guadeloupe, with a call for a general strike by a collective of trade union and citizen organizations who are also calling for the rise in wages and social minimums and fall in fuel and gas prices.

The World with AFP