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At the end of a videoconference meeting with the Minister of Overseas Overseas Sébastien Lecornu, the president of the association of mayors of Guadeloupe Jocelyn Sapotille argued that the suspension of the vaccination obligation “initially refused, today (was) studied ”by the government. “We are not asking to repeal the law, it applies, but we are asking for a parenthesis to resolve the situation of 1,200 to 1,300 Guadeloupeans who will find themselves without income” because suspended, he added to the press.

But a spokesperson for the cabinet of the Ministry of Overseas Territories affirmed that “the vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters will not be lifted”. The Ministry of Overseas Territories is committed to “apply the law with proportionality and discernment within the framework of the local instances of dialogue and listening”, specifies a press release published at the end of the meeting in which the prefect also participated. , members of the offices of the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Solidarity and Health.

“It is legitimate that an individual solution can be offered to each staff to be suspended” added the ministry, which will hold a similar meeting this Friday at 3 p.m. with the president of the regional council, the president of the departmental council and parliamentarians of the territory of Guadeloupe.

While opposition to compulsory vaccination was the trigger for the crisis, which extended to social demands, the mayors of Guadeloupe also propose that caregivers who do not wish to be vaccinated be subjected to PCR tests. “Regular”. “Interministerial work must (…) continue in the hours to come to announce the chosen strategy,” said the ministry.

Elected officials also request the arrival of Sébastien Lecornu on site “within a fairly short timeframe” and the opening of a debate on a possible change in the status of Guadeloupe. According to the ministry, Sébastien Lecornu will go “soon on the spot”, but such a trip “must not be organized under pressure and must be part of specific and shared commitments”.

“Chain resignations”

The crisis has spread to Martinique, a neighboring department where, like his counterpart in Guadeloupe last Friday, the prefect imposed a curfew, “from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.” Its objective is “the return to a peaceful situation” which “then allows (you) to dialogue, work, move forward”, but also “the return of public service and the reopening of the school system”, indicated the prefect. by Martinique Stanislas Cazelle.

The blockades of certain axes continued Thursday on the two islands. In Guadeloupe, Thursday was however rather calm, with cleaning operations and new “throwing stones at dams” according to a judicial source. In Martinique, detonations were heard around 5:30 p.m. and large black smoke appeared in the sky above Châteauneuf.

Tensions at Pointe-à-Pitre hospital since the start of the general strike on November 15 are starting to take their toll. An association of interns invoked Wednesday the right of withdrawal of its members for “imminent danger” and hospital doctors resign.

“I do not understand that the union action is turned towards obstacles to the working tool (…) towards intimidation, insults, attacks against staff and particularly doctors”, declared on radio RCI Guadeloupe the director of the CHU, Gérard Cotellon. “I am starting to pay the consequences of all this: they are resignations in chain”.

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