Protests continue for a second consecutive day on Sunday, November 18, in what is known as the "yellow vest" movement against fuel tax hikes. According to local sources, demonstrators set up roadblocks throughout Réunion leading to significant transportation disruptions. Further demonstrations, roadblocks, and associated traffic disruptions are possible in the near term.
Demonstrations denouncing rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax began on November 17 in France. Organizers of the so-called "yellow vest" movement called on participants to engage in slow-rolling protests to block roads and highways. Significant traffic disruptions in the vicinity of the demonstrations, including road blockades, were reported throughout the day, including on major highways and main roads in urban centers. The government is planning a tax increase on fuel prices, including gasoline and diesel, beginning on January 1, 2019, to promote environmentally friendly practices.
Individuals in Réunion are advised to monitor developments to the situation, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests as a precaution.
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