- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

FORT-DE-FRANCE, MARTINIQUE (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators are marching and singing in the streets of Martinique after officials signed an agreement ending a monthlong strike on the French Caribbean island.

A crowd of about 20,000 people turned up Saturday to celebrate the resolution, which includes salary increases for low-wage earners. The pact matches an agreement that ended a 44-day strike on the sister French island of Guadeloupe on March 4.

Protesters have lifted blockades, and businesses have begun to reopen since negotiators reached the agreement on Wednesday. The general strike had turned violent as some protesters attacked business people and set cars on fire.

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