Guadeloupe: the antipasses are leaving Regional Council

Protesters sanitary antipasses entered by force Thursday at the end of the morning at the end of a plenary session of the elected officials in the hemicycle in Basse-Terre. They ended up leaving the compound Friday during the day.

The anti-health pass protesters who had occupied since Thursday the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, one of the French overseas departments shaken by a social crisis linked to Covid-19, left the scene on Friday while the State ruled out any negotiation aimed at « repealing a law of the Republic ».

This intrusion at the end of a meeting of the Regional Council, was qualified by the local executive as an act of « unprecedented violence », and illustrates a dispute that has lasted for several weeks on the island.

In the aftermath of this action, the French government on Friday ruled out any negotiation aimed at « repealing a law of the Republic », in this case that obliging health personnel and firefighters to be vaccinated in order to work.

These demonstrators – a collective of organizations, including trade unions and citizens, mostly opposed to the obligation of vaccination against Covid-19 for nursing staff and firefighters – had intruded Thursday in the hemicycle of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe .

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

They want in particular to obtain « the end of all sanctions and suspensions of remuneration taken against thousands of public and private employees » refusing to be vaccinated, said the collective of demonstrators in a press release.

The demonstrators decided on Friday to leave the Regional Council, while promising new actions after Christmas.

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« We are going to buy our yam, blood sausage, pig, (for the traditional Christmas meal, editor’s note) and we will find our comrades, among other things, on the picket line of the Basse-Terre Hospital Center », indicated to the AFP Elie Domota, a union leader, specifying that the collective would meet on Monday, and that a meeting would take place Tuesday and Wednesday as well as « field action » Thursday.

« We are working » on the continuation, simply indicated a source to the Regional Council, confirming to AFP the departure of the militants.

The Overseas Ministry has also ruled out an amnesty for those who have committed violence against the police.

Guadeloupe, hit hard by the Covid-19 epidemic last summer, has been shaken since early November by a movement born out of the challenge to the obligation for caregivers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which degenerated into a crisis punctuated by numerous violence.

While a first case of the Omicron variant was detected on Saturday on the island and where the fourth wave of Covid-19 has killed more than 800 people, resistance to vaccination is strong.

Negotiations intended to put an end to this crisis came to an end two weeks ago after the signing of an « method agreement » by local elected officials and the collective but not by the State, absent from the process.

The Ministry of Overseas for its part announced three days ago that the health personnel of the Antilles refractory to the vaccination obligation would be « suspended » on December 31 and could « move towards a new profession » via a  » reconversion cell « .

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