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Guadeloupe: Hospital director kidnapped by anti vaccine activists, exfiltrated by police

The administrative building of the University Hospital of Guadeloupe was besieged on January 4 and the management “sequestered” in their offices by anti-vaccine activists, according to the chief of the establishment Gérard Cotellon, who had to be exfiltrated by the police.

Published: January 6, 2022, 4:43 am

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    The director of the CHU of Guadeloupe and his two assistants had to be rescued by the police from their offices on January 4 from activists against mandatory vaccination of caregivers and firefighters, announced the management of the hospital.

    The administrative building of the CHU de Guadeloupe was besieged during the day and the management held as hostages before finally being “exfiltrated” by the police, explained the director general Cotellon. The rescue did not not go smoothly either.

    “I was assaulted with a punch in the ribs and a huge blow to the head, I lost consciousness for 10 seconds I think,” said Cotellon. His deputy Cédric Zolezzi also declared having been attacked during the rescue. “My shirt was torn off, I got urine on me as I was running towards a police car,” he said, adding that he was “shocked” by the events. Management has announced its intention to file a complaint.

    But this exfiltration did not give rise to arrests, because it was like a “rugby scrum” according to a police source, while the demonstrators were “rather calm” throughout the day. It is clear that authorities do not wish to draw more attention to the dissent against jabs by arresting the attackers in order not to further inflame the local population.

    “We came to claim the money we are owed,” explained Gaby Clavier, former secretary of the health branch of the UGTG union, present at the scene with the demonstrators. The latter demand the payment of the salaries of the suspended unvaccinated agents, following their refusal to comply with the vaccination obligation.

    The demonstrators left the scene in the early evening. This is not the first time that these administrative premises have been targeted as part of an anti-jab mobilization. At the end of 2021, several attacks on official buildings had already taken place and days of unrest had followed.

    According to the CHU, which is preparing for an influx of patients due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic, 95 percent of staff members “meet the vaccine obligation”.

    White French doctor barred from entering the CHU hospital by striking hospital staff who demand to be payed even if they are unvaccinated. Inside, the hospital director and his deputies were not so lucky. Screenshot from YouTube

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