Tensions in Martinique: the prefect announces a curfew “until calm is restored”

The prefect of Martinique instituted this Thursday a curfew “from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. until a return to calm” to deal with “nocturnal urban violence” which has been increasing since Monday, he announced in a statement.

“Groups of individuals have committed degradation and installed roadblocks”, and “acts of violence have taken place against the security forces”, explains the prefect who specifies that “11 people were arrested and several weapons Have been entered.

The priority objective of this established curfew is “the return to a peaceful situation” continues Stanislas Cazelle, the prefect of Martinique. “This will then allow dialogue, work and move forward.”

He also mentioned “the return of public service and the reopening of the school system” while the general strike, which began on November 15, continues on the island, in response to new health restrictions and the rise in prices in the provinces. supermarkets, for basic necessities.

A very tense social context, while the prefect had received, earlier in the day, members of unions, as well as elected officials and local authorities, in order to find a way out of this crisis.

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