Security forces used tear gas and water cannons to disperse two marches organized by unions and the Social Forces of Guinea (FSG) civil society group in the capital Conakry on Monday, July 23. Both demonstrations had been prohibited by the Conakry governor. The marches were part of a series of protests to denounce an increase in fuel prices.
In response to the crackdown, unions have called for an indefinite nationwide general strike starting from July 24. Major disruptions are possible, notably in hospitals where no minimum services will be guaranteed.
Furthermore, an associated march is scheduled for July 26. Demonstrators will gather at the 28 Septembre stadium before heading to the prime minister's office. Heightened security measures and transportation disruptions are to be anticipated near the march route. Clashes between protesters and security forces are possible, particularly given heated statements recently issued by both the governor and the FSG.
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.
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.