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Twenty-nine days in and protests in Guadeloupe saw their first mortality last night in the French Caribbean island's largest town, Pointe-à-Pitre. Our Observers, two Guadeloupians who live in France, attempt to explain the reasons behind the crisis.
Claude Lamaille, 53, works for the state health service in Paris. He left Guadeloupe when he was 17, but he returns often to visit his family.
On top of this high cost of living is the clogged up job market in the Antilles. Unemployment is huge and the people there don't have the same rights as the people on the mainland. For example, if you're fired under unlawful circumstances, you have to wait on average six years to have your case heard by an industrial tribunal. There's certainly a lack of funds for the justice system, but that's surely not the only reason.
This strike is lasting a long time and it's imperative that it comes to an end in order to save the island's economy. Like in France, people are more likely to strike than sit down for discussions. But in the islands, most of the bosses are békés. And békés are not very accustomed to negotiating."