The French Overseas Minister, Sébastien Lecornu, criticized this Monday, November 29, the union representatives he met in Guadeloupe for their refusal to clearly condemn the recent violence in the West Indies, in particular against the police, recalling that such a condemnation was a prerequisite for dialogue for the government.
Sébastien Lecornu is in the West Indies to try to calm tensions in Guadeloupe and Martinique, where the protest against the vaccination obligation for caregivers has turned for two weeks into a social conflict marked by violent incidents.
In Guadeloupe, the minister met union representatives and then had to discuss with local elected officials.
“The minister reaffirmed as a democratic prerequisite the fact that they unambiguously condemn the violence committed in recent days in the West Indies,” reported his services in a press release.
A democratic prerequisite that is lacking
“The union representatives (have) refused this prerequisite, however obvious and essential (…).” “The condition for dialogue is the condemnation of violence by all political and trade union forces, and more precisely of attempted murder on the police and gendarmes. The Minister recalls that no discussion can succeed if it is not is not on a sound basis. “
According to the ministry, the union representatives therefore contented themselves with giving Sébastien Lecornu their already known demands.