Public order and safety on St Maarten precarious

A tough response by police and military personnel is proving effective in stopping looters on St Maarten, but the situation remains precarious. Several people have been arrested. The police and the military have the necessary powers; they are allowed to use force where necessary, for instance.

Pointe Blanche prison.

Rumour about escaped prisoners false

Reports of inmates escaping from prison on St Maarten are false. There is a hole in one of the prison walls, but Dutch military personnel have formed a security ring around the complex.