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PostSubject: Martinique/Guadeloupe Travel Alert   Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:12 pm

US State Dept issued the following:

This Travel Alert is to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Guadeloupe and Martinique, French West Indies (FWI), that ongoing labor strikes in the region may affect social, economic and tourist services. It is possible that these strikes will spread to other French overseas departments. This Travel Alert expires on May 13, 2009.

Due to ongoing labor strikes, riot police from mainland France are now stationed in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Most commercial activities have ceased, and there are mounting shortages of food, water, and power on both islands.

In Martinique, strikes and large-scale street protests continue. Gas stations, stores, the port, and banks remain closed. There are continuing interruptions in power and rapidly dwindling water and food supplies.
In Guadeloupe there are reports of increasing tensions, with armed gangs blockading routes and targeting residents and tourists. There have been no reports of U.S. citizens being specifically targeted. The government is reportedly mobilizing the police and armed forces to address the possibility of severe civil unrest.

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PostSubject: Re: Martinique/Guadeloupe Travel Alert   Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:41 pm

Madeleine de Grandmaison, chairwoman of the Martinique Tourism Authority, issued the following statement:

“Our cruise port lies in the heart of Fort-de-France where the impact of the strike has been strongest, so our ability to host cruise passengers has been compromised. The Martinique Tourism Authority has been proactive in working with our cruise line partners to divert itineraries to other destinations, or to bring passengers ashore at other ports in Martinique to minimize any possible trip disruptions. "

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PostSubject: Re: Martinique/Guadeloupe Travel Alert   Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:32 am

Following the end of the general strike in Martinique, the U.S. State
Department has lifted the travel advisory it issued for the French West
Indies.

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