Ten police officers were injured and several journalists were shot at as protests sparked by COVID-19 vaccine measures spread across Martinique.
This follows more than a week of unrest on the nearby French island of Guadeloupe.
According to reports, five officers were injured during a gun battle in Martinique and five others were injured when objects were thrown at them during operations.
Concerning the journalists – four were shot at by men on a motorbike as they worked Fort-de-France. None were injured.
The leaders of the protest movement in Guadeloupe have asked for obligatory vaccinations to be dropped on the island – but this has been ruled out by the French government.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the unrest is “totally unacceptable” and promised that the rioters will be “dealt with”.
The protests on Guadeloupe were started by hardline opponents of compulsory vaccination for health workers and firefighters on the island – a measure already implemented in mainland France.
The protests, which saw barricades set up on roads, have since morphed into a larger movement to express frustration at alleged neglect of the islands by the authorities in Paris.
The unrest is taking place as vaccination rates in the territories trail those on the mainland.
Strict nightly curfews were recently announced in both Martinique and Guadeloupe.
To address the situation, hundreds of police reinforcements have also been sent to the islands.
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Glad to see the people there standing up for their rights.
That might happen here too. Govt have too much power and has already destroyed our lives.
Your statement makes no sense, oh how i wish the infection and deathrate in Antigua was way much higher to instill fear in you guys to realise that what the government did was needed
What a dumb thing to say a🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️
COVID at any cost no?
The elites plan nah work out to well
Ah tru’ dat …
That is a DUMB COMMENTARY MADE BY YOU,SO CALLED ANTIGUAN.WHY ARE YOU FILLED WITH SO MUCH HATRED?YOU WOULD WISH DEATH ON YOUR FELLOW COUNTRY MEN FOR STANDING UP FOR THEIR BELIEFS.AT LEAST THEY STAND FOR SOMETHING.WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR,GASTON BROWNE?
That’s how it starts you know. Health care, then hospitality, then govt workers, then schools then private sector. Explain to me how medical personnel can be misinformed about medical matters? If you neighbour house pan fire, wet dong fu yu. Has anybody else noticed how the vaccines only seem to work on TV? Reminds me of how Hillary Clinton’s projected victory that never materialized. Maybe they will work in the metaverse. By the way, Zuckerberg stands to make a ton of money if the world stays in lockdown and everybody logs onto the metaverse. It’s not like he has a ton of influence on the what people hear and read about…right?
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