Demonstrations are slated to take place in Saint-Pierre on Saturday, February 16, to protest socio-economic and environmental grievances. Several labor unions, environmental groups, and civil society organizations are expected to gather at the municipal building in Saint-Pierre at 09:00 (local time) and march to the Rond-point des Azalées. Localized traffic disruptions are possible around the demonstration route. A heightened security presence is to be expected near any gatherings. Localized transportation and business disruptions are likely in the vicinity of protests, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Labor unions, "yellow vest" protesters, and environmental organizations previously staged demonstrations in Saint-Denis on Saturday, February 9, which passed off peacefully.
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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