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State of emergency extended to French Caribbean territories after Paris attack
Published on November 20, 2015 Email To Friend    Print Version

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Basse-terre, Guadeloupe

By Clive Bacchus

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The state of emergency declared by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris has been extended to the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, St Martin and St Barths.

The state of emergency was declared last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed 129 people and injured more than 350.

A statement released by the ministry of overseas territories said that the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.

Under the state of emergency, law enforcement officials have the power randomly to stop the circulation of persons and install zones of protection and security; to detain suspicious persons and their possessions; to ban meetings or demonstrations; to order searches in houses day or night; to give a compulsory order of residence to any persons whose behaviour or activity is deemed dangerous for security and public order; and lastly to order the submission of weapons and ammunition.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
 
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