Mandatory vaccination remains in effect in Guadeloupe despite protests

A scene in an area of Guadeloupe following protest action in that French territory

French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has declared that mandatory vaccination as instituted by the government will remain in effect in Guadeloupe notwithstanding protests against that measure which have been taking place over several months in that French territory. At the same time, Castex has called on the unions in Guadeloupe to be calm and to act responsibly.

Castex made the announcement at a news conference which was held after a meeting on Monday November 22, in Paris, at the Prime Minister’s official residence, Le Matignon, with the elected Deputies of Guadeloupe to the French Parliament and other elected officials.

The Prime Minister said that the government would be announcing a ministerial delegation to meet with the fire and ambulance services to negotiate on the need to be vaccinated, as they are the ones who are in first contact with the sick and injured.

Prime Minister Castex also said that the government would be sending a reinforcement of police and gendarmes to deal with the breech of law and order in Guadeloupe, as the protests continue.

The Minister responsible for the Overseas Departments, Sébastien Lecornu, has promised to come to Guadeloupe at a date to be announced and will be organizing negotiations with local businesses, to promote economic recovery and employment.

While most of the parliamentarians and elected officials at the meeting were in support of the proposals made by the Prime Minister, the trade unions in Guadeloupe have categorically refused to back down on their demands. They are claiming that, while the French administration is inviting who it wants to its meetings, no one is yet to invite them at a round table discussion. Any decisions taken, they claim, should be taken with the involvement of the trade unions.

After Martinique joined in the protest against mandatory vaccination, Health Minister, Olivier Véran said, “We will be firm on our decisions, but we are open to dialogue.” He also said that the situation could trigger another rise in Covid cases, as mainland France is presently experiencing its fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, but this time with less people being hospitalized because of the fact that a majority of the population is vaccinated.

In Guadeloupe, the roadblocks continue in some strategic areas leading to the city of Pointe a Pitre, the international airport and Jarry, the main industrial area, while shops and petrol stations are beginning to run out of stock in areas that cannot access supplies.

One young man died Monday night, November 22, from a stabbing incident, which it is alleged, was not associated with the protests. There were less incidents of violence on Monday, but the law enforcement officers encountered gun fire in the capital city, Basse-Terre, Monday night.

The unions are threatening to intensify their action in the coming days if their demands are not met.

There are no official reports of any Dominican national involved in either protest action or vandalism and looting which occurred during the impasse in Guadeloupe during the weekend of November 20.

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12 Comments

  1. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 25, 2021

    @Channel 1, another reason why Africa is not having as terrible outcome with the virus compared to developed countries is that the developed countries have aging populations which means that their immune systems are not as robust as those of younger people, whilst Africa has a young population therefore their immune systems are more robust. No conspiracy theories here just knowledge.

  2. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 24, 2021

    @Channel 1, I haven’t seen nor heard from any credible news source or journal that these vaccines”cure” anyone with Covid-19 or prevents anyone from getting the disease. The vaccines help reduce death rates and reduce the hospitalization so hospital capacity is available for people sick with other issues. That is a responsible thing for smart governments to ensure that the hospital systems don’t collapse and as happened in some settings, they picked and chose who lived and who died.
    Africans have received so many vaccines for other diseases that they may have helped the population in building up immunity. Also most Africans spend a lot of time outside compared to developed countries, where we spend a lot of time indoors. This is tantamount to social distancing which helps reduce spread of the Covid-19 virus and resultant deaths are reduced. South Africa which most closely resembles the social situation in developed countries, has had high impact of the disease.

    • Channel 1
      November 25, 2021

      @Jonathan Y St Jean – Since the thing you refer to as a vaccine does not prevent one from getting Covid, then cease with the farce and stop referring to it as a vaccine.

      This is turning the subject of Immunology, vaccines and immunity into an absolute farce. It would be more appropriate if you refer to these things from Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Sinopharm etc as medications that claim to reduce the symptomatic effects of Covid.

      The false marketing of these things as vaccines needs to cease.

      P.S. – When these Covid medications – marketed as vaccines – were being developed and when they were first rolled out, the chant at the time (which I heard & read) was that they would prevent individuals from catching covid (which in fact is the TRUE DEFINITION of what a vaccine should do thereby conferring immunity to those who take it).

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        November 26, 2021

        @Channel 1, please stop your nonsense. Whenever new medications and vaccines are approved the scientific community always says that they are waiting to study the effects over time to determine the results. “Over time” the scientists said. You can continue to read all your stuff on YouTube, however most of it isn’t scientific. News reporters and journalists aren’t scientists. Dr Faucci is a scientist and he never said what you are saying. Dr Hashish Jah is a scientist and he never said what you are saying. YouTube is full of so-called scientists but sadly they aren’t represented in the scientific community nor journals.

  3. kubulol
    November 24, 2021

    Not sure you made it clear : but it is very important :
    the vaccin is made mandatory only for the medical staff.
    And it makes sens
    ( my mother died in january after catching the Covid at the hospital ! )

    The french WIs should nor behave so ; no reason for the patients to fall sick ( or die ) at the hospital, just because ( a few ) persons among the staff refuse the jab !

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  4. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 24, 2021

    Anyone who thinks that a sovereign rich and developed country like France with a population of over 65 million people will allow a few thousand misguided people in Guadeloupe to determine it’s policies must be out of their damn mind. Looks like they want the inmates to run the asylum. Ain’t gonna happen.

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  5. Lin clown
    November 24, 2021

    Mr.St.Jean,UWP was formed in 1988 at the home of Mars Etienne in Clarkehall.The majority of Dominican voters has NEVER voted UWP,WHY?In the 2019 election they LOST 1,163 votes,what losing votes have to do with the DIASPORA,unless the 1,163 votes came from the diaspora,which is unlikely since according to UWP people in the diaspora has never voted then.So it is the Dominican people,living in Dominica that has been REJECTING UWP.

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      November 24, 2021

      @Lin clown, what’s that about, hello!!! You are way out of left field and topic. Take your head out of your a**.

  6. Channel 1
    November 24, 2021

    These ‘Pharaoh-esque’ entities seem to think that the best way to put out a raging fire is to add more gasoline and combustibles to the fire.

    Is there a covert plan afoot by hidden actors to DELIBERATELY DESTABILIZE the entire world via vaccine mandates in-order to roll in a ‘new world order’?

    It is clear via real world evidence that the vaccines are not working as was hoped/marketed. Some of the countries with the highest vaccination rates ie the EU, UK, the US etc are the regions with the highest covid rates at the moment. What is really going on here?

    Why has poorly vaccinated, under-resourced Africa seemingly fared much better with Covid than the more developed highly vaccinated countries?

    The EXPERTS had predicted mass death & gloom for Africa re: Covid. Now that their predictions have not materialized, they’re confused -> https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-science-health-pandemics-united-nations-fcf28a83c9352a67e50aa2172eb01a2f

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      November 24, 2021

      @Channel 1, why do you continue in a world of increased knowledge to live in your cocoon of conspiracy theories about vaccines to roll in a new world order? Man go and read real authentic science and stay off the conspiracy theories and YouTube for scientific facts.

      • Channel 1
        November 25, 2021

        @Jonathan Y St Jean – According the dictionary, a conspiracy theory is an idea that someone or a group is plotting/planning to do something sinister. Persons such as lawyers, the police etc make their careers in investigating conspiracies.

        There are true & false scientific theories, true & false computer theories, true & false legal theories etc. Likewise there are true & false conspiracy theories.

        If your definition of a conspiracy theory is that “it is an idea or concept that is most definitely false”, then you are unfortunately misled.

        • Jonathan Y St Jean
          November 26, 2021

          @Channel 1, my preferred definition is the one found in “Dictionary.com”. Please don’t change the subject. I’m not coming down that dark hole where you want to hide.

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