Six Guadeloupe police officers hurt in gunfight in Caribbean island rioting

GUADALOUPE, Guadeloupe, France – Days of rioting in Caribbean island Guadeloupe ended Thursday with additional arrests after schools reopened and officials shut down 11 government buildings, shut down all trams and disrupted electricity supplies…

Six Guadeloupe police officers hurt in gunfight in Caribbean island rioting

GUADALOUPE, Guadeloupe, France – Days of rioting in Caribbean island Guadeloupe ended Thursday with additional arrests after schools reopened and officials shut down 11 government buildings, shut down all trams and disrupted electricity supplies to parts of the island.

Authorities were working to reestablish electricity, but power cuts were set to continue into the weekend, Mayor Yves Choquette said.

Around 20 protesters gathered near an entrance to the center of the airport, the main hub on the island of less than two million people, blocking a door to the control tower. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons.

On the beachside suburb of Bonnet St. Anne, where officers were earlier deployed, banks, businesses and schools closed their doors.

Alexandre Pepin, a business manager and resident, said he stayed at home Thursday. “I didn’t want to risk myself on the street,” he said.

In response to an escalation of violent demonstrations, officials blocked three main airports this week. In the tourist district, demonstrators set fire to stores, causing significant damage.

“We are in a transitional moment,” Lucie Pescod, the Guadeloupe government’s social affairs secretary, said on national radio on Wednesday.

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