Protests that began over COVID restrictions have grown into call to address longstanding issues in French territories.

Protesters looted shops and set up burning barricades overnight in Martinique, French news outlet France Info reported as unrest about coronavirus restrictions intensified in the French island territory in the Caribbean.

France Info published a video on Thursday of protesters targeting a shopping centre and running away with goods, as well as videos of demonstrators setting up burning barricades on roads.

During the past week in Martinique and neighbouring Guadeloupe, demonstrators have taken to the streets in protest of mandatory vaccination rules for health workers, a requirement also in place in mainland France, and other restrictions related to COVID-19.

Protesters have set fire to tyres and rubbish bins and

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