Martinique: “There is a lack of a collective, strong, courageous, assertive, non-consensual and non-populist local political voice”

Tribune Martinique is going through a period of generalized unrest which has been exacerbated by the health crisis and the rejection of the public health protocol put in place by the French government in response to the pandemic.

While the population is still sore from the mourning of the last few months during which the pandemic will have been the deadliest on the scale of our territory, inflation and unemployment are further widening the social divide. This social divide has existed for a long time, but until then it seemed to be somewhat compensated by the action of associations and public aid policies and by various systems of resourcefulness or solidarity.

Historically, we have developed many survival systems from Martinique “yesteryear lontan » [d’« autrefois »] years 1930-1940 when we would die more or less of hunger and infectious diseases, where categorizations of color and class were raging, pushing us later, in the 1960s, to leave en masse by boats and planes of the office for the development of migrations in the overseas departments (Bumidom [organisme public en charge de l’organisation des déplacements des ultramarins vers la métropole]) to work in post offices or in hospital wards, dark subordinates in the great cold of Paris.

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In today’s Martinique, nearly 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, twice as many as in hexagonal France. This poverty affects young people more, who often have no other choice than to leave the territory in search of a first job. The exodus of young people results in the aging of the population, and projections for 2030 show that, by then, seniors aged 60 and over will represent 40% of the population, or forty-eight young people of under 20 for one hundred seniors, according to the INSEE reference scenario.

Lack of perspective

Faced with the increase in precariousness and the lack of prospects for young people, despair is growing more and more. The health crisis was the catalyst for deep societal unrest and triggered a form of dystopia, even the reverse of paradise.

The health crisis and the fight against the vaccine obligation will therefore have given the unions the opportunity to relaunch a set of societal issues outstanding and unresolved since the 2009 crisis. Some had they knowingly blown on the embers of a society already stuck and wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, a society that nothing, neither optimistic writers, nor politicians, nor influencers, nor young graduates definitively exiled, then changed, then back home, could save from the drift motionless?

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Martinique: “There is a lack of a collective, strong, courageous, assertive, non-consensual and non-populist local political voice”

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