In the French overseas department of Martinique, firearms have been fired on by security forces and firefighters, the public security service ordered on Tuesday. The incident took place in connection with protests against restrictions related to COVID-19. No casualties have been reported, added.
The incidents took place several times on Monday night in Fort-de-France, the island’s capital. “We intervened over burning dumpsters helping firefighters in the Sainte-Therese district around 11.30pm. We were shot at. Around 1.45am (night) other dumpsters and cars were set on fire. This is where we experienced multiple firing of 9mm guns.”
Two Caribbean islands – the French overseas departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe – have been undergoing violent protests for a week over severe restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.