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Strike leader denies allegations of inciting racial hatred

Video by Nicholas RUSHWORTH , FRANCE 2 , Carla WESTERHEIDE

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-03-11

Elie Domota, the leader of an umbrella movement of unions and leftist groups responsible for a crippling general strike in Guadeloupe, has denied allegations of making racist remarks following the opening of a judicial inquiry into the charges.

 

 

The leader of an umbrella movement of unions and leftist groups in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe denied allegations of making racist remarks Sunday.

 

In interviews with French news organizations, Elie Domota, leader of the LKP movement, vehemently denied charges that he was inciting racial hatred. “These accusations are, once again, based on nothing,” he said. “The prefect and the prosecutor are trying to incriminate me to try to weaken the movement.”

 

Domota’s denial followed the opening of a judicial inquiry into allegations that he incited racial hatred during a TV interview Thursday.

 

During the televised interview, Domota warned that employers in Guadeloupe either “implement the agreement or they leave Guadeloupe. We are quite firm on this. We won't let a bunch of white bosses re-establish slavery."

 

On Jan 20, the LKP launched a crippling general strike to press for higher wages on the island, one of France's overseas departments.

 

Earlier this month, an accord was signed between the French government, strikers and employers to try to bring an end to the general strike.

 

The detailed agreement, covering a multitude of everyday subjects, provided for a 200-euro monthly increase for low wage earners.
 

 

Date created : 2009-03-08

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