French cops in Guadeloupe over jabs unrest

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The French government is sending support to its overseas territory of Guadeloupe due to ongoing protests against COVID-19 measures in the archipelago.

In the next few days, 200 police officers and gendarmes are to be brought to Guadeloupe, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter on Friday.

The federation of trade unions LKP called for an indefinite general strike on Monday due to the compulsory vaccination of health workers and other measures.

Since then, there have been protests in Guadeloupe and several streets have been blocked.

According to media reports, some demonstrators also blocked access to a hospital.

The broadcaster Franceinfo also reported that four houses were burnt down on Thursday night.

As in mainland France, vaccination is compulsory in Guadeloupe for people working in the health sector and in contact with people at particular risk.

The vaccination rates differ according to occupational group.

According to the prefecture, however, among many professions affected by compulsory vaccination, 85 per cent have been immunised.

In many places such as museums or restaurants, the health passport - providing proof of recovery from or vaccination against COVID-19 - or a negative test must be shown.

A state of emergency and particularly strict coronavirus rules were imposed in Guadeloupe during the summer when numbers skyrocketed.

At some point, there were more than 2000 new infections per 100,000 residents in one week.

The state of emergency ended on Monday and with it also the nightly curfew.

According to the latest figures, there were about 57 new infections per 100,000 people in one week.

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