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Roundabout in Martinique Set on Fire as Unrest Continue

Reports from French neighbours Martinique indicate that the past two nights have been relatively calm. However, the roundabout at the entrance to Trois-Ilets was set on fire and several fires around the island requiring intervention by firefighters broke that streak.

“In Trois-Ilets, shortly before 1 o’clock, the roundabout at the entrance to the town was set on fire. Cars and all kinds of rubbish were set on fire. An hour later, in Bellefontaine, firefighters were called to a garbage can fire in a building,” RFI reports.

Burnt vehicles on roundabout photo courtesy RFI

It was also reported that The Carrère roundabout was reopened shortly after 2 a.m. by the police, who then spent part of the night there. By 6 a.m. the roundabout had to be blocked again with traffic utilizing one lane.

Reports of unrest were also recorded in Sainte-Marie, Peru in Marin, and Rivière-Pilote. The French island had seen days of unrest as citizens continue to protest the island’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Protesters in Martinique and Guadeloupe have erected barricades and blocked roads this month as anger mounted over an order also in place in mainland France requiring health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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