MARIGOT, Saint Martin — Since this Thursday, December 2019, 12 in the early morning, dams have been built throughout the territory, blocking the operation of the island.
These demonstrations are mainly the result of the discontent of a large part of the population of the island, concerned and reject the passage of the early nrp by order of the prefecture of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin on August 6, 2019.
This application was made despite the unanimous rejection, including opposition, of the early nrp presented on July 18 in the territorial council.
While we have asked for real consultation and more time, the local services of the state did not wish to hear our repeated alerts.
We are to secure our inhabitants, not to ban them from living where they have always lived.
In the face of these massive expressions of anger, and after visiting some of the dams, the territorial advisors wanted to receive at the end of the day the prefect sylvie feucher in order to know the state’s strategy in the face of the current situation.
This exchange was finally done by phone, exchange during which the president asked the prefect to prefer consultation rather than force to solve this crisis.
The elected members of the community of Saint-Martin understand the concerns of the population.
However, time must now be appeasement. Hundreds of people have been blocked for hours on the roads and must be able to go home.
We call on the protesters to calm and exchange with the state.