Protests erupt in Saint Martin
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Fiery riots have been ongoing in French St Martin with gendarmes being brought out as reinforcement to quell protesters.
Affected areas on the island include St James, Sandy Ground, Grand Case and French Quarter.
Scenes of vehicles being set on fire and persons throwing projectiles made its way onto social media as residents urged parents to keep their children home from school.
Loops News was told that the reason for the protest is because, against the advice of the Collectivity of St Martin (COM) and without any research on the social or economic effects, the Natural Risk Prevention Plan (PPRN) laws are being implemented.
This action would leave a lot of people without homes as the State is deeming some areas uninhabitable and taking people’s land away, Loop News was told.
The movement, Union du Peuple, Travailleurs St Martinos has since issued a list of demands.
It says the PPRN imposed on the population by anticipation on August 6 2019 must be scrapped.
There is also a call for ownership access to be given to parcels of land on the coastline for people in their 30s and the stopping of judicial controls against inhabitants reconstructing their houses destroyed after Hurricane Irma.
Issues were also raised about the quality of water being distributed to the population.