The news would have rich, during the night in metropolitan France, but the day in Guadeloupe. While the situation seems to calm down overnight for a few days, with fewer acts of violence, it is now at the social level that the fear is being felt. Sébastien Lecornu went to the island on Monday, November 29, 2021, to discuss and relax a more than tense atmosphere. Unfortunately the Minister of Overseas Territories failed in his mission.
After only 10 minutes of discussions, “four union representatives quickly left this sub-prefecture of Pointe-à-Pitre“, explains our colleague of France Info.
The explanation of this very short exchange can be found in the press release published by the ministry. At the opening of the meeting, Sébastien Lecornu reaffirmed as “democratic prerequisite the fact that they (the trade unionists, editor’s note) unambiguously condemn the violence committed in recent days in the West Indies.”
Union officials refused this prerequisite. End of the discussion.
Guadeloupe: elected officials slam the door, socio-professionals threaten to take action …
The latter still had time to submit a document with demands, to extinguish the embers, on which Guadeloupe is located. Still according to the ministry’s press release, most of the requirements fall within the competence of local authorities. While Sébastien Lecornu was to receive the elected officials of the island to address these points, these same elected officials took the decision to cancel the interview project with the minister, by disapproval of the press release issued by the ministry.
“How can a minister think that it is enough to kick in touch by saying that the elected officials: “have only to solve the problems which are of their competence”?
If the minister is there, it is because it has been shown that elected officials are incapable of solving problems.
So it’s dangerous to kick in touch,“analyzes a keen observer of Guadeloupe politics. Unfortunately, elected officials and unions are not the only ones to stir up the embers. Professional organizations, under the banner of the Collectif des socioprofessionnels, have threatened to take action, while their requests for dialogue have gone unheeded. For several days, “these company managers try to get in touch with elected officials and with the Collective of organizations in the fight against the vaccine obligation and the health pass, in vain“confided our colleagues from the 1st France TV site. They also requested an interview with Sébastien Lecornu, a request that remained unanswered.”What we want is to show that the economy of Guadeloupe can hire, as soon as the means are in place.
We are going to make the decision, tomorrow (Tuesday, November 30, 2021, editor’s note) to also put ourselves into action, with our claims platforms, “announces Jean-Yves Ramassamy, spokesperson for the Collectif des socioprofessionnels. At the same time, the LKP (a Guadeloupe collective which brings together some fifty trade unions, associations, political and cultural organizations in Guadeloupe) refused the project. government to create 1,000 subsidized jobs.
Guadeloupe: the prefect renews the curfew
If the situation remains rather calm in the evening, with more sporadic violence, the Prefecture has decided to renew the curfew in effect.
The prefect of the Guadeloupe region, Alexandre Rochatte, decided to extend the curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 5 a.m.
The objective is to ensure the protection of goods and people. The decision is explained “through the installation of new roadblocks at various points of the territory, acts of aggression and racketeering …
This curfew does not apply to people intervening for public service missions, assistance to people in need of care, supply of shops, travel related to professional activity and people justifying that their travel is related to medical or family necessity.”
The islands of Désirade, Marie-Galante and Saintes are not affected by the measure.
Faced with this social tension, the tourism industry began to suffer and saw cancellations fall. For Patrick Vial Collet, the government must intervene as well to solve this problem as to save the actors of tourism. “We must avoid the collapse of the first Guadeloupe economy, namely tourism, and save whatever the cost of the economy of overseas. If there is a collapse, it will cost society much more socially. ‘State’, he explained to us in TourMaG.com last week.