Tourists cautioned as protests subside in Saint Martin
The riots have subsided somewhat on French St Martin following two days of fiery protests along several main arteries on the island.
On Friday night in Marigot, debris was set on fire on the roadway to distress motorists passing through the capital.
Agrément, the national street in Grand Case, the Sandy Ground bridge and Quartier d'Orléans were all said to be still blocked with rubble up to this morning.
Efforts are now being made to ease the concerns of tourists in St Martin, with a statement being issued by the Director of Tourism, St Martin Tourist Office, Valérie Damaseau Aida Weinum.
“St Martin is in process of returning to normal operations following a series of sporadic civil demonstrations that took place in Marigot yesterday.
Limited roadblocks are still in place affecting traffic and accessibility on the roads.
The President and Territorial Councilors are calling for calm and restraint as they seek to address concerns raised by the protesters.
With minimised taxi and transportation services operating until further notice, we ask that cruises recommend visitors enjoy the attractions and restaurants in Sint Maarten and choose St Martin during their next visit.
To our hotel and villa partners, we suggest recommending that guests refrain from venturing out on tours and enjoy their amenities and activities on-property or within walking distance until further notice.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue updates as soon as traffic resumes to normal.”
Due to the unrest over the past two days, the Anguilla and Sea Ports Authority today issued a statement to travellers about the temporary closure of Marigot Port in St Martin.
“The Board of Directors, management and staff of the Anguilla Air and Sea Ports Authority (AASPA) wish to inform the public travelling via the Blowing Point Port that, after receiving communication from its colleagues in St Martin, the Marigot Port in St Martin has been temporarily closed until further notice due to matters of civil unrest in St Martin.
The Blowing Point Ferry Port will remain open as vessels to St Maarten, Netherland Antilles will be operational; however, access to St Maarten through the Sandy Ground (St Martin) bridge is restricted.
Additionally, please note that the Grand Case Airport (St Martin) is open and travelers wishing to access St Martin or other travel destinations may use the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport.
As further details become available, the AASPA will duly disseminate this information.”
The protests are related to laws surrounding the Natural Risk Prevention Plan (PPRN), as well as the quality of water being distributed to citizens.