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Guinea: Protest group continues to plan for July 23 march despite ban /update 6

Despite a ban on their march, opposition group Social Forces of Guinea plans to proceed with their scheduled protest on July 23; heightened security measures expected

23 Jul 07:54 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/23/2018, 12:00 AM until 7/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Conakry
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Event

The Social Forces of Guinea (FSG) are continuing their planned march in the capital of Conakry on Monday, July 23, despite a statement from the Conakry governor prohibiting the demonstration. Monday's march is part of a series of planned protests over an increase in fuel prices. The demonstration is expected to proceed from the Tannerie roundabout to the 28 Septembre stadium. Another march is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, beginning at the 28 Septembre stadium and heading to the prime minister's office.

Heightened security measures and transportation disruptions are to be anticipated near the march routes. Additionally, given the statements by both the governor and the FSG, clashes between protesters and security forces are possible.

Context

Numerous other protests have taken place in Guinea in recent months, mostly over sociopolitical issues. Violent protests have been taking place throughout the country since July 2, after the price of regular gasoline increased from CFA 8000 to 10,000 (USD 0.88 to 1.10) per liter. The most significant events have taken place in the capital Conakry; police have forcibly dispersed protesters who erected highly disruptive roadblocks in various areas of the city.  

Advice

All those present in Guinea, particularly in Conakry, are advised to closely monitor developments to the situation and avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence, which can flare up with little warning.

 

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