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15 Feb 2019 | 09:49 AM UTC

Guinea-Bissau: Violent protests ahead of teacher strike /update 1

Guinea-Bissau News Alert

Violent student protests erupt to denounce planned teacher strike February 8, 13; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bissau). COUNTRY/REGION Guinea-Bissau, Bissau

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Event

On Friday, February 8, and Wednesday, February 13, students took to the street in the capital Bissau to protest over an impending strike action by teachers. Students reportedly blocked roads with burning tyres, set alight vehicles, and looted shops. Police forces disperse protesters with tear gas and warning shots. Several people were injured in the protests. Calm has returned as of Friday, February 15, as police forces is patroling the capital. However, further protests are possible in the coming days and weeks. As such, the US Embassy in Dakar advised its citizens to postpone travel to Guinea-Bissau until at least February 22.

Context

Unions representing teachers have called for a strike to be organized nationwide starting on Thursday, February 14. Unions have threatened to strike for 30 days to demand better working conditions and higher salaries.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea-Bissau are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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