The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Guadeloupe:
In the Street Against the Vaccine Mandate

Aug 2, 2021

Translated from Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group active in France.

On Saturday July 24, 8,000 people demonstrated in the streets of Pointe-à-Pitre. All the unions had called to protest against the vaccination obligation and the health pass that the government wants to establish.

The meeting was set at 8 a.m. at the entrance to the Pointe-à-Pitre—Abymes University Hospital Center. Several thousand people were present very early, despite a torrential rain. The speeches followed one another at the microphone, including the intervention of a comrade of Combat Ouvrier, the Caribbean organization that is member of the UCI (Union communiste internationaliste), as is Lutte Ouvrière.

The parade was very important and dynamic, with the participation of a “gwoup a po”, a traditional carnival music group, and demonstrators chanting “Freedom!” In the procession of the CGTG, the slogans underlined the necessary solidarity of other workers with: "Si Macron lévé lanmen si swanyan i ka lévé lanmen si nou tout” (Yes Macron attacks the caregivers, he attacks us all).

Other mobilizations were already announced for the following days, including a meeting scheduled for the evening of Thursday, July 29 in Pointe-à-Pitre and a demonstration scheduled for Saturday, July 31 in Basse-Terre, the other large city of Guadeloupe.