French Guiana paralyzed, tensions mount, Air France cancels all flightsStaff Writer | March 26, 2017
French Guiana came to a standstill on the eve of a major strike in the territory with about 250,000 inhabitants that relies on huge injections of public funds.
Barricades 37 unions are to launch a general strike
Barricades have been erected on roads since last week, and the US State Department has warned travellers to stay away, citing the risk of violence.
The protests also led to the indefinite postponement of an Arianespace rocket launch at Europe's Guiana Space Centre in Kourou.
The French government has sent a delegation to negotiate with the strikers, asking them to lay out their demands.
But 13 of the territory's 22 mayors have refused to meet the delegation, demanding along with the strikers that French ministers come in person.
"This has gone on long enough! All we have is plundered, it's time to recognise the people of Guiana," a woman at the barricade blocking access to the airport at Cayenne, the capital, told AFP on Sunday.
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