Protests and disruptions associated with the "yellow vest" movement continue throughout Réunion for the 12th-consecutive day on Wednesday, November 28, amid the visit of Oversea Minister Annick Girardin. As of the afternoon (local time), hundreds of people are gathered in different areas of the island and over 25 roadblocks remain in place, leading to significant traffic disruptions.
Schools and universities remain closed, public transportation disrupted, and other public services (e.g. administrative services, waste collection, etc.) interrupted. Passenger services and flight operations at Roland Garros International Airport (RUN) will again be suspended from 16:00 on Wednesday until 05:00 on Thursday; similar disruptions are likely until at least November 30. Furthermore, shortages continue to be reported at gas stations and food shops and the sale of alcohol has been prohibited in the Sainte-Marie district until noon on November 30.
Continued unrest is likely over the coming days despite an announcement made last week that a proposed fuel tax increase, which sparked the movement, would be postponed. Additional security forces remain deployed on the island.
Demonstrations denouncing rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax began on November 17 throughout France, with demonstrators in Réunion setting up roadblocks, setting fire to buildings, and ransacking shops. The government had planned 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, adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests.
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