France will send its special forces to stem Guadeloupe unrest

20:47, 21 November 2021
France will send its special forces to stem Guadeloupe unrest Photo: Dirk Waem/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Guadeloupe which is an overseas territory of France will soon witness a growing number of France’s special forces as the island was stricken by growing unrest and protest against anti-COVID-19 measures.

"The first message is that the state will stand firm," France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement.

Following the unrest at least 31 people were arrested in one night.

Over 50 officers of the GIGN and Raid elite divisions will be sent to the island.

With the reinforcement the total number of security personnel present on the island will rise to 2,250.

The unrest sparked after Guadeloupe officials imposed a curfew.

Civilians did not tolerate that and went on to protest, building barricades.

Many shops were looted and vandalised during the events.

Guadeloupe is not the only region that is protesting against COVID-19 measures as earlier it was reported that thousands of protestors of European countries which include Austria, Ireland, Croatia and the Netherlands took to streets to oppose the measures established by governments in a bid to curb the pandemic.