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21 Nov 2018 | 10:32 AM UTC

Réunion: Tensions remain high over fuel tax protests Nov. 21 /update 3

Réunion News Alert

High tensions and unrest continue throughout the island over fuel tax hike November 21; avoid all gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/25/2018, 11:59 PM (Indian/Reunion). COUNTRY/REGION Reunion

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As of Wednesday, November 21, tensions remain high throughout the island due to ongoing protests associated with the "yellow vest" movement. Clashes broke out between security forces and protesters overnight November 20-21; at least 16 police officers were injured.

Roads throughout Réunion remain blocked and schools and universities will remain closed until further notice. All bus services have been suspended until further notice. Furthermore, passenger services and flight operations at Roland Garros International Airport (RUN) will be suspended, again, from 16:00 (local time) on Wednesday until further notice; as such, Air Austral, Air France, and Corsair have modified their flight schedules for Wednesday. Airport authorities have indicated that staff are unable to travel to the airport due to the unrest.

In addition, the mayor of Saint-Denis, announced that evening sales of alcohol would be prohibited until November 23, between 19:00 and 08:00.

A nightly curfew implemented on November 20 - from 21:00 to 06:00 - will remain in place until the morning of November 23 in the communes of Saint-Denis, Le Port, Saint-Pierre, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Leu, Saint-Louis, Saint-Paul, La Possession, Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Suzanne, Saint-Benoît, Le Tampon, Bras-Panon, and Saint-André.


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.

Demonstrators have set up roadblocks throughout Réunion, burned tires on roads, set fire to some buildings, and ransacked shops. An increased police reinforcement was deployed overnight November 19-20 in an attempt to quell the violence.


Individuals in Réunion are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to the curfew and any other instructions issued by the local authorities, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests as a precaution. 

Individuals traveling via RUN are advised to confirm the status of their flights prior to departure for the airport and contact their airlines for further information.


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