France Postpones Compulsory Shots for Guadeloupe Health Workers After General Uprising

Can't cancel or it will give serfs in the mainland ideas

There are 400,000 people in Guadeloupe, and 350,000 in Martinique

France has postponed implementing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health workers in Martinique and Guadeloupe after the measure spurred widespread protests on the French territories in which police officers were injured and journalists attacked.

The two Caribbean islands have been hit by unrest over the last week after the French government imposed tougher measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Compulsory vaccinations for health workers, a measure already introduced on the French mainland, had fuelled resentment among the islands’ majority Black population.

The French health ministry said in a statement after a crisis government meeting on Friday that it had decided to postpone to Dec. 31 “finalising the implementation of the vaccine mandate” in Martinique and Guadeloupe. [Seems like a small concession to try and sap the momentum of the revolt.]

It had put those who refused inoculation on unpaid leave but now says it will give those suspended more time for individual “dialogue” with their managers while still getting paid.

Some on the islands have called the mandate a throwback to France’s slavery era, insisting that they should be allowed to make their own choices about health treatment.

The French government meeting came as the riots in Martinique were still ongoing, a source close to the French overseas minister said.

“Last night was clearly more intense than the nights before,” a local spokesman for the French state told Reuters on Friday.

Source: France 24

Shots were fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique amid violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions, France’s interior minister said on Friday.

Several police officers have been injured, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted. He added that 10 people have been arrested.

Journalists from French television, news and photo agencies were attacked on Thursday night, media group Altice said in a statement, confirming earlier remarks by the minister. One police officer was seriously injured and needed surgery, local authorities said.

Prosecutors said masked protesters had also tried to set fire to the gate of the official residence of the prefect, the most senior representative of the French central state there, but no significant damage had been caused.

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal denounced the “unacceptable” violence.

In Guadeloupe, where protests began last week, there is a historic mistrust of the government’s handling of health crises after many people were systematically exposed to toxic pesticides used in banana plantations in the 1970s.

Source: Associated Press

  1. Marshall Lentini says

    The first temporary defeat of Gates Virus Law. Won’t last, but they deserve all respect.

  2. Lower Tones says

    “France postpones vaccine mandate…”
    That is until additional soldiers and gendarmes arrive on the island.

    “Prosecutors said masked protesters…”
    Ummm, aren’t masks mandatory?

    “…spokesman Gabriel Attal denounced the “unacceptable” violence…”
    As mandatory/coerced injection of an experimental serum (it’s not a vaccine) containing undisclosed material (or rather, materiels) is an acceptable form of violence.

    See and the heart wrenching video from the doctor’s pregnant, widowed wife.

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