Guadeloupe’s fishermen have been blocking the Pointe-à-Pitre channel since this morning (Friday, June 3, 2022) in protest of soaring fuel prices. This mobilization disrupted maritime traffic and blocked in the stations of Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre, the passengers of the boats that planned to enjoy the bridge of Pentecost.
Guadeloupe’s professional fishermen, meeting in an inter-union group, are blocking the channel of Guadeloupe’s Grand Maritime Port. They started their action very early this Friday, June 3, 2022.
Canoes block all traffic in the Pointe-à Pitre channel. No passage is possible.
Fishermen are calling for a substantial drop in tax-free fuel prices.
Secretary of State for the Sea Justine Benin met with fisheries professionals this morning. A meeting with all officials from the world of the sea, SARA and the state has been taking place since 11.30 am at the sub-prefecture in Pointe-à-Pitre.
Watch video of Eic Stimfling’s report (Guadeloupe the 1st)
Comment: Eric Stimfling (Guadeloupe 1st)
Maritime services are not provided on both Marie-Galante and Martinique. The boat of the Express des Îles, which was due to leave Pointe-à-Pitre, remained at the dock this morning for Fort-de-France. Disappointment gradually won over travelers. This blockage is causing anger and outrage in the population.
In the maritime stations of Pointe-à Pitre and Fort-de-France, travelers intended to make the most of the Pentecostal bridge, denouncing the time chosen for this action while understanding the demands of fishermen.
see video: reactions with Christelle Théophile
passenger reactions in Guadeloupe (Christelle Théophile)
The “Islands Express” shipping company had increased rotations to meet demand for this Pentecost weekend
Shortly after 6 p.m., the fishermen who had been blocking the Pointe-à-Pitre channel for 4 hours this morning signed an agreement. Tax-free fuel will drop by 20 cents from June 13.