Saturday, February 21, 2009
Guadeloupe not a nation of cowards: chooses Zimbabwe model
Britons flee French island of Guadeloupe as rioters turn on white families
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:17 PM on 19th February 2009
Britons are among thousands of tourists fleeing Guadeloupe after full scale urban warfare erupted on the French Caribbean island.
Trouble broke out on the island earlier last month after protesters began rioting over high prices and low wages.
But the situation escalated this week after protesters began turning on rich white families as they demanded an end to colonial control of the economy.
The troubles come at the height of the holiday season, with thousands of mainly British, French and American tourists on the paradise tropical island.
Protesters were now targeting 'all white people', with the media in mainland France describing the situation as virtual civil war'.