PARIS — Protesters fired dwell ammunition at journalists and the police on Thursday night time on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, injuring dozens of officers, one among them severely, a spokesman for the French authorities mentioned.
As in Guadeloupe, one other French island to the north, the protests towards Martinique’s coronavirus protocols — which require vaccinations for well being care staff and a well being move to enter most public venues — have been exacerbated by long-running frustrations and anger over financial inequality with the mainland. The poverty fee in Martinique is 29.8 p.c, virtually twice the nationwide degree in France.
The combination of outdated grievances and new anger over Covid-19 guidelines has made the unrest notably risky.
“These extraordinarily critical acts name for unanimous and unambiguous condemnation,” the French prime minister, Jean Castex, mentioned in a tweet on Friday in response to the violent protests in Martinique’s largest metropolis, Fort-de-France.
An arson try on the official residence of France’s most senior consultant on the island was additionally reported. The native police workplace declined to touch upon the report.
On Thursday night, the native authorities had introduced a curfew from 7 p.m. to five a.m. “till a return to calm.” The curfew was in response to nighttime violence that has taken place since Monday.
Practically 150 folks have been arrested in Guadeloupe and Martinique because the starting of the disaster, in keeping with the federal government spokesman, Gabriel Attal. Ten of the arrests had been made on Thursday night time, in keeping with Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin, who mentioned in a tweet, “Every thing is being accomplished to seek out these accountable.”
The central authorities additionally introduced that it will prolong till Dec. 31 the deadline for well being care staff in Martinique and Guadeloupe to finish their coronavirus vaccinations.