Protests continued on Monday, November 19, in what is known as the "yellow vest" movement against fuel tax hikes. According to local sources, demonstrators set up at least 33 roadblocks throughout Réunion, leading to significant transportation disruptions. Protesters also reportedly burned tires on roads, set fire to some buildings, and ransacked shops. An increased police reinforcement was deployed overnight November 19-20 to quell the violence.
The demonstrations have had a major impact on daily life since November 17, with schools, universities, and administrative offices closed until further notice. The majority of gas stations have also been closed, with the exception of 14 open only for emergency services. Flight delays and cancelations have also been reported.
Demonstrations, roadblocks, and associated disruptions are likely to continue on Tuesday, November 20.
Demonstrations denouncing rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax began on November 17 throughout France. 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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