To Guadeloupe and Martinique, reluctance to vaccine mingles with distrust of word of State

In the two Caribbean islands, the social conflict has been triggered by opposition to compulsory vaccination, which masks deep grievances against the policy carried out in Paris.


In the enclosure of the Pointe-à-Pitre Hospital Center, the opponent fervents and the silencers of vaccination against CVIV-19 rub shoulders every day. Committed to an unlimited strike against their suspension for refusing to comply with the requirements of the health care, dozens of staff members of the Guadeloupe University Hospital (CHU) occupy the entrance to the site. Inside, vaccinated or healing health professionals, which account for 85% of the workforce, according to the Regional Health Agency (ARS), remain with patients.

Their face-to-face is a model in miniature of the current social conflict in the department, particularly launched by part of the 1,400 caregivers suspended on the island, and firefighters, also concerned by the immunization obligation . After five days enamels of abuses and clashes between young Guadeloupeans and police forces on roads erected on the roads, a relative calm had settled on Tuesday, November 23, on the Guadeloupean nights. The prefecture counted two arrests in twenty-four hours, against sixty-eight for the previous weekend.

A delegation received in prefecture

The dams, kept the day by the support of the collective of organizations against the immunization obligation and the sanitary pass, are, they, remained in place. Faced with the government’s refusal to consider a derogation from the stress of the vaccine for the Caribbean department, opponents have not changed strategy. The blockages will continue despite the reception, for the first time since the beginning of the movement in July, a delegation of the Intersyndical to the prefecture.

“We greeted us as heroes for a year and a half despite the risk of contamination between us and our customers. Today, we are told that we are pariahs when we defend our freedom of choice” , Deplore Véronique Courtois, member of the Union of Health Workers, Union Section of the General Union of Guadeloupean Workers (UTS-UGTG) and suspended CHU employee.

The social acceptability of the vaccine campaign, amputated by the executive in Paris, difficult to grow in Guadeloupe, of which less than half of the major population has received at least one injection, but also to Martinique. About 35% of the major inhabitants can present a complete scheme, and a general strike, a time accompanied by dams, and clashes with the authorities also started, Monday, November 22.

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