France special police sent to Guadeloupe to quell rioting

Special police forces from France were set to arrive in Guadeloupe over the weekend following several nights of rioting and looting against mandatory Covid-19 measures on the southern Caribbean island, according to Reuters.

Most of the disturbances are taking place in sections of the capital of Point-a-Pitre as well as in Lamentin and Basse-Terre.

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The French overseas territory, which reopened to vaccinated travelers in June, is currently under a curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. until order is restored. Trade unions on the island are striking to protest the compulsory vaccination of health workers.

Data from the island’s Health Ministry reported that 36% of the population of 400,000 had received a first shot of the Covid vaccine.

American resumed twice-weekly flights to Guadeloupe on Nov. 6; JetBlue is slated to resume three flights a week to the island on Dec. 18 from New York JFK.

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