Guadeloupe: sanitary antipass demonstrators leave the regional council

Mobilization against the health pass will resume after Christmas in Guadeloupe. The protesters sanitary antipass, who occupied since Thursday the regional council of Guadeloupe, left the scene Friday, December 24 at the beginning of the afternoon of their own free will. However, they promise new actions after Christmas, while the state has ruled out any negotiations aimed at « Repeal a law of the Republic ».

These demonstrators – a collective of organizations, including trade unions and citizens, mostly opposed to the obligation to vaccinate against Covid-19 for nursing staff and firefighters – intruded Thursday at midday in the hemicycle of the regional council of Guadeloupe, in full plenary session.

The elected officials and the president of the region, Ary Chalus, a close friend of Emmanuel Macron, had been able to leave the hemicycle before. This intrusion was qualified by the regional executive as an act of « Unprecedented violence ».

The collective, part of which spent the night there, asked that the State join the negotiating table, interrupted for two weeks, to discuss the issues at the origin of the social crisis, sometimes violent, which shakes the Guadeloupe since the beginning of November, with first and foremost the vaccination obligation.

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A field action scheduled for Thursday

After several hours of discussions in the hemicycle between members of the collective, they decided on Friday at midday to pack up. « We are going to buy our yam, blood sausage, pig [pour le repas traditionnel de Noël] and we will find our comrades, among others, on the picket line of the Basse-Terre hospital center ”Elie Domota, leader of the LKP – which brings together around fifty unions and associations, including the powerful General Union of Guadeloupe Workers (UGTG), told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The trade unionist clarified that the collective would « Meet on Monday » but that already « A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday » as well as’« A field action Thursday certainly with the same configuration » than Thursday. « We are dispersed on several pickets », confirmed Gaby Clavier, trade unionist from the health branch of the UGTG to AFP.

The region had counted Thursday « More than a hundred people » in the hemicycle, and « More than 400 people » in total in the premises, where furniture has been  » destroy « . This intrusion was condemned by the entire political class of Guadeloupe, and by political leaders in France. “No cause justifies violence! « , reacted in particular the Republican presidential candidate, Valérie Pécresse.

The refractory to the vaccine obligation soon « suspended »

In Guadeloupe, where a first case of the Omicron variant was detected on Saturday and where the fourth wave of Covid-19 killed more than 800 people, resistance to vaccination is strong. Negotiations to end the crisis collapsed two weeks ago after the signing of a « Method agreement » by local elected officials and the collective but not by the State, absent from the process.

The overseas ministry, for its part, announced three days ago that health personnel in the Antilles refractory to the vaccine obligation would be « Suspended » on December 31 and could « Move towards a new profession » via a « Retraining unit ».

Demonstrations have already taken place last weekend. Access to the largest shopping center on the island was blocked for several hours on Saturday, and a fire then broke out in the hypermarket.

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