Martinique Hit By New Protests Over COVID-19 Regulations

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The French Caribbean territory of Martinique, already burdened with the pressure of coping with a fourth COVID-19 wave, has witnessed new demonstrations against measures imposed by the authorities to address a worrying surge in cases of the potentially deadly virus.

Citizens took to the street on Saturday in a demonstration organised by trade unions and other local groups to denounce the imposition of a health pass and compulsory vaccinations for certain professions, including health care workers.

“My body – my choice,” read some placards carried by the crowd in the capital, Fort de France.

Trade Unionist Serge Aribo, one of the organisers, was quoted by Martinique.FranceAntilles as saying that  the matter of the effectiveness of vaccines was not the issue, but the fact that vaccines are being forced on individuals.

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“For us, it is a question of reminding us today of the fundamental principles which are written everywhere in international agreements: human rights must be respected, we cannot introduce a product into the body of a man or a woman without his prior agreement,” Aribo declared.

The latest Martinique protest took place as new measures to control the spread of COVID-19 went into force.

They include obtaining authorisation for travel beyond a radius of 10 k and a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

Overwhelmed by the COVID-19 spike which has seen the number of positive cases rise from 2,241 last week to 3,537 cases, Martinique’s University Hospital Saturday began transferring some patients to France, while the French government has announced plans to send soldiers to assist the hospital to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

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