Activists in Martinique Thursday night booed, insulted and threatened the newest batch of nearly 200 caregivers from France who arrived at Aimé Césaire airport to assist in combatting the French Caribbean Island’s fourth COVID-19 wave, local reports say.
According to RCI.FM, because of the hostile reception, police had to escort the visitors from the airport, prompting the Regional Health Agency and the Prefecture of Martinique to issue a joint statement condemning the actions of the activists as not reflecting the feelings of the population.
And social media exploded with expressions of shame and indignation over the protest, the reason for which was not clear.
“I am ashamed for my island. For my compatriots. These caregivers have come to help you and to save your families …What a welcome and what a shame! ” Martinique 1 Ere quoted one social media user, Elizabeth Annonay, as saying.
” My god, but then we hit rock bottom … I’m ashamed!” Orlane Brl shared, echoing the feelings of others on social media, some of whom invoked God’s blessings on the visiting caregivers and thanked them for their sacrifice.
The new arrivals came to replace other caregivers from France who are leaving Martinique.
Since June 30, Martinique has received over 1,000 caregiver reinforcements from France, including 137 doctors, 481 nurses, and 265 nursing assistants.