Various unions called for a 24-hour strike throughout the island on Tuesday, February 5, reportedly in support of the "yellow vest" movement. As such, education services are likely to be particularly disrupted. Disruptions in health, administrative, and public transportations services, as well as disruptions in commercial activity, are also to be anticipated. A related protest is scheduled to take place in Saint-Denis, in front of the prefecture building, starting from 09:00 (local time).
The "yellow vest" movement began on November 17, 2018, to protest rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax, and has since grown to encompass a number of popular grievances against the French government; some protests have turned violent, notably in Réunion, with demonstrators setting up roadblocks, setting fire to buildings, and ransacking shops although the scale of protests has diminished since their height in December. The government had previously announced a tax increase on fuel prices, including gasoline and diesel, beginning on January 1, 2019, to promote environmentally friendly practices. Although the government announced the withdrawal of the carbon tax project from the 2019 budget on December 5, protests have continued.
Individuals in Réunion are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid all protests
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