Violence in Guadeloupe: rioters set fire to his building, a resident forced to jump from the third floor

the essential While Guadeloupe has been plagued by violent demonstrations since last November , several buildings were set on fire by rioters. The inhabitant of one of these buildings, Luidgy, had to jump from the third floor in order to save his life.

For several days, Guadeloupe has been plagued by violent demonstrations. Shops are looted, apartment buildings and the police targeted by projectiles on the sidelines of these protests against the health pass and the vaccination obligation for caregivers.

During the night of Thursday to Friday, a resident had to jump from the third floor of his building in the grip of flames, in Pointe-à-Pitre. Rioters had just set fire to a jewelry store, located below the building: “I saw a crowd of young people. They robbed a jewelry store below, they ended up setting it on fire” explains Luidjy to our colleagues from BFMTV .

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“I must have jumped from the third floor”

Seeing the flames increase, the young man called the fire department three times in fifteen minutes. Faced with the spread of the fire, which was already reaching the third floor, Luidgy explains having “had to jump from the third floor to avoid staying in the flames, which were becoming too large”, before adding that it was ” the only way out “.

The young man also explains that he understands the rise of anger on the island, but denounces the behavior of the rioters: “That young people decide to loot shops, to burn them, without worrying about the consequences for the inhabitants around, I find that very serious “he denounces, affirming that a tragedy could have occurred.

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An inhabitant of Pointe-à-Pitre tells how he escaped from his building, set on fire during the riots in Guadeloupe pic.twitter.com/IMfbAxHOwr

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