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Crisis in Guadeloupe: Castex condemns the violence “with the utmost firmness” and “calls for calm”

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has “Condemned with the most extreme firmness” the violence that has erupted since last weekend in Guadeloupe, against a background of contesting the vaccine obligation and social crisis, and called ” quiet “.

“The demand for firmness must also be accompanied by a dialogue necessary to hear and understand our fellow citizens who are asking questions in good faith”, continued the head of government on Monday, November 22, a few minutes before Matignon announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19. Contact case, he had led a meeting with elected officials of the island by videoconference.

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The Prime Minister announced the creation of a “Forum for dialogue” in order to “Convince and support individually, humanely” professionals concerned by the vaccination obligation ,.

A “very explosive” situation

Guadeloupe, hit hard by the Covid-19 epidemic this summer, has been shaken for a week by a movement, originating from the challenge of the vaccination obligation of caregivers, which degenerated into a social crisis punctuated by numerous violence during the night from Thursday to Friday, when violence and looting began.

In Guadeloupe, “actions of sabotage” in health establishments

Faced with a rapidly deteriorating situation, the government sent 200 police and gendarmes, as well as 50 members of the GIGN and Raid units – deployed as soon as they got off the plane – bringing the forces mobilized there to 2,250, while the prefect instituted a curfew between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m., until 23 November.

Close to the presidential election, the executive is closely following a social crisis with multiple springs. The situation is “Very explosive”, “Linked to a very local context”, Has “Historical tensions” but also to “Some interests which seek a little to use this context and anxiety”, stressed Emmanuel Macron on Monday on the sidelines of a trip to Amiens, ensuring Guadeloupe of the “Solidarity” of the nation.

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The ARS denounces violence against caregivers

The Regional Health Agency of Guadeloupe alerted Monday in a press release “On the physical attacks that health professionals have suffered in recent days while they were going to treat fathers, mothers and children in Guadeloupe”.

” It’s not acceptable “, says the institution that denounces threats “With a shotgun”, a “Attempted car-jacking”, doctor “Held in aim with a gun to the temple at the exit of his guard in the emergency room at a roadblock” or some “Assaults on pharmacists”.

The CHU of Guadeloupe denounces a “massive absenteeism” of the caregivers because of the vaccination obligation

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“Complaints are systematically filed and prosecutions will be initiated”, further indicates the press release of the ARS which denounces the impact of the situation on the health of patients. “Postponing their care can be dangerous” and the waiting times at the dams expose to “The deterioration of the state of health of the person”. The ARS still warns about the “Condition of isolated, elderly or disabled people who were able to find themselves alone at their home because their children, their household help could not come and give them food or sleep with them”.

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