On October 27, 2022, as many as 50 people reportedly raided the University Hospital of Guadeloupe (CHUG), in Pointe-à-Pitre, vandalized facilities, cut electricity, and intimidated faculty and students during classes.
The CHUG issued a press release noting that the perpetrators forced students and faculty to vacate lecture halls and offices. One leader of the university hospital accused a collective of organizations opposed to vaccination mandates of having been behind the incident.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the intimidation of students and faculty and the vandalism of a teaching hospital’s facilities. While all civilians have rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, they also have an obligation to exercise those rights peacefully and responsibly. Actions intended to intimidate members of the higher education community or impede academic activity undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.
*SAR identified this incident in data made publicly available by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)