Guadeloupe: Striker killed in repression of general strike

Sarkozy government sends 300 police reinforcements

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 February 2009

The government of President Nicolas Sarkozy has responded to the general strike in Guadeloupe by escalating the repression that resulted in the death of a striker, Jacques Bino.

Demands for state repression of “insurrectionary” Guadeloupe and Martinique general strikes

By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 February 2009

General strikes in Guadeloupe and Martinique have now lasted almost four weeks and two weeks, respectively. Demonstrations have mobilized as many as 100,000 of Guadeloupe’s 500,000 inhabitants and 25,000 of Martinique’s population of 400,000.

Guadeloupe general strike isolated by French trade unions

By Françoise Thull and Pierre Mabut, 9 February 2009

A general strike against rising living costs has been in progress on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since January 20, bringing economic activity to a standstill.