Opposition and youth groups are planning a new protest in Mandiana (Kankan region) on Monday, October 1, to denounce the government over socioeconomic grievances and the forceful dispersion of a related march on September 14, which left one protester dead and several injured. Similar low-key gatherings were held September 24-25. Negotiations between youth groups and local community representatives are still underway but no agreement has been reached as of September 28.
The September 14 protest was called against sustained delays in infrastructure development and the perceived marginalization of Mandiana prefecture. On the day, the prefect's house was vandalized and a vehicle was set alight. Mandiana prefecture, home to important gold mines, is cyclically confronted with waves of social unrest as much of the population remains poor and unemployed, despite the mineral assets.
Individuals in Kankan region should maintain a high level of vigilance and carefully monitor developments. All gatherings should be avoided due to the risk of unrest and the use of forceful measures to disperse crowds.
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