MARTINIQUE: After Guadeloupe, Martinique is at the heart of violent protests related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions.
Law enforcement officers and firefighters were repeatedly targeted by gunfire on Monday night, November 23, in Fort-de-France, with no injuries,
The police and firefighters were also targeted by gunfire and projectiles while responding to trash fires lit on the public highway in the Sainte-Thérèse district of Fort-de-France, according to police sources.
“We intervened on garbage fires in Sainte-Thérèse around 11:30 p.m. in support of the firemen. We received projectiles. Other fires of garbage cans and vehicles were set around 1:45 a.m., it is at this time that the patrols have been shot at several times with 9 mm weapons. “Impacts were noted on vehicles,” said Major Joel Larcher, head of communications at the Departmental Directorate of Public Security in Fort-de-France.
In Guadeloupe, gendarmes have also been shot at with live ammunition, reported yesterday morning by the Ministers of Overseas Sébastien Lecornu and Interior Gérald Darmanin. The restoration of law and order in Guadeloupe is the “prerequisite for any discussion,” warned Gérald Darmanin.
Like Guadeloupe, the road network in Martinique is heavily disrupted.