Residents of the community of Prêcheur in Martinique Friday morning began mobilising to prevent the expulsion of a Dominican family, local news reports say.
The nine Dominicans had sought refuge in the French overseas territory following the passage of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Dominica last year.
According to Martinique 1 Ere, since 6:30 Friday morning, several inhabitants of Prêcheur, began mobilising to prevent the departure of Durand family.
The family, seven children and their parents, had been living with the children’s grandmother in Martinique for the past year.
They were due to leave Martinique Friday because they do not have a residence permit.
Local news reports said the family made several attempts to obtain the permit but failed to do so.
They were originally due to leave on Thursday, August 16, but the authorities gave them a few more hours to prepare for their departure, it was reported.