Since a fourth murderous wave of Covid-19 swept Guadeloupe into the crisis, fake news has been raining down.
On social networks and private messaging, many people received and relayed false information about hospital services not overwhelmed, the terrible dangers of vaccination or the behavior of caregivers.
Tired, the health authorities and the prefecture of Guadeloupe have filed a dozen complaints in the face of the proliferation of insults for their management of the health crisis.
Death threats have even been made.
Among the plaintiffs, Gérard Cotellon, director of the CHU of Guadeloupe, "lodged three complaints" for "death threats" and for "defamation against all those who say that euthanasia is practiced in hospital and that we kill the sick, ”he told AFP.
He notably received his own "funeral notice in preparation for D-3".
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On September 3, the prefecture of Guadeloupe denounced the call of a local collective for the “deportation” of the prefect of Guadeloupe, Alexandre Rochatte.
A video signed "Gwada Anonymous" circulating on social networks for several weeks also deals with "dogs" the prefects as well as the director and director of the regional health agencies (ARS) of Martinique and Guadeloupe, calling for the destruction of "their regional agencies health centers and their vaccinodromes ”, as well as their homes.
"Such a level of hatred and such a call for violence"
Ary Chalus, the president of the Guadeloupe region, who was committed to vaccination "according to the free choice of each", acknowledges having also been "threatened on social networks (by) a lady" without filing a complaint.
“We're used to it,” he puts into perspective.
According to private radio RCI Guadeloupe, a host was also the subject of “insults, threats and defamatory comments”.
This young woman reads the list of funeral notices on the radio, and while she kept lying down, she called in Creole the listeners to "get organized".
This simple word earned him negative reactions.
The management of the group, which lodged a complaint, is worried about "such a level of hatred and such a call for violence" in a statement.
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The atmosphere is explosive.
Asked about the threats, Gaby Clavier, UTS-UGTG union delegate from the Guadeloupe University Hospital, said “understand the anger”.
"We are told that most of the deceased are not vaccinated (but) the essential problem is prior medical care, screening, treatment and early care," he denounces.
Tuesday, the UGTG and the LKP, a collective which brings together around fifty trade union, associative, political and cultural organizations, in turn lodged a complaint with the prosecutor of Basse-Terre.
To "note the bankruptcy of the administration, the ARS, the prefect, the CHU and health establishments".
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Since the start of the epidemic, 432,267 tests have been carried out in Guadeloupe, including 13,971 during the week of September 6 to 12. This 4th wave which ignited the postures made, on September 12, 452 deaths in the hospital, an assessment which does not take into account the deaths in town.