Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rich Tourists are Cowards: thousands cancel trips to Guadeloupe

By Rodolphe Lamy, Associated Press Writer
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique — Thousands of tourists looking for fun in the sun have canceled vacations to a pair of French Caribbean islands, where violent strikes have left one man dead, piles of smelly uncollected garbage in the streets, and stores looted and burned.

Protesters in Martinique and Guadeloupe have persisted with a work stoppage to demand higher salaries and lower prices, hurting scores of businesses including restaurants, hotels and car rental agencies during the islands' peak winter tourist season, Martinique Tourism Authority chairwoman Madeleine de Grandmaison said Wednesday

1 comment:

Ian said...

When I was travelling in Peru, riot police killed one of the demonstraters who had surrounded our bus with rocks and burning tyres. I guess that is a statement rather than a comment.